Local student to climb Mount Baker in Washington

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — You can see it in her eyes.

Parmilla Dhimal said, “I’m nervous, but I think I can do it.”

In just a few months, Parmilla will travel almost 3,000 miles to hike one of the steepest mountains in the country: Mount Baker, an active glaciated volcano in the North Cascades of Washington.

Dhimal said, “I still can’t believe it. I was like really surprised but I’m glad I got the opportunity to go.”

Something she only dreamed of as a girl growing up in Nepal.

In a culture where women traditionally take care of the household, Dhimal is determined to continue studying so she can become a doctor.

Dhimal said, “My parents didn’t go to college. So I have the opportunities to go to college, go to school, get a better life.”

She arrives there eagerly every Saturday morning.

It’s where her mentors give her support, encouragement, and opportunities to explore education hands-on, outside the classroom.

Kate Haswell said, “Parmilla, like all of our students, is extremely motivated. She is outstanding at taking advantage of her resources whether it’s at Corcoran or in the district, in the Syracuse community or at Le Moyne with Upward Bound.” 

After seeing Dhimal’s interest in science, Haswell encouraged her to apply for the Girls on Ice scholarship.

Haswell said, “She took on that challenge full force and she did it in a way that was always receptive to feedback and really genuinely excited about the opportunity just to apply, which is exciting and speaks to her character, certainly.”

That character is what’s encouraging the next generation of female scientists too.

Haswell said, “She is now setting the path for students coming after her as well, which is exciting so, we’re all about students getting inspired from one another and she is really helping to make that happen.”

Dhimal is one of eight students in the world chosen for the trip to explore the most expansive glacial system in the United States.

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