We’re so proud of the five LLIS seniors who have graduated from Lowell High School this June! Angeline Castillo, Amanda Chim, Rithany Kheam, Sarah Silva and Andy Un first joined Lowell Leaders in Stewardship their freshman year (2013) through our “Environmental Adventures” program at LHS Freshman Academy. These ambitious students drove projects that have become cornerstones of our high school programming, including coordinating Freshman Academy’s recycling program, and organizing the first watershed-wide Lowell High School Environmental Youth Conference.
We honored three of these young people and the positive impact their group had on the community at our Summer Solstice Soiree this year. Gwen Kozlowski, the previous stewardship & education manager for the Trust, wrote a few words about these students that were read at the Soiree:
…You will all go on to do great things for this world. No matter what path you take, you can always take the skills you have developed to advocate for the things you care about. You came up with your group name ‘TREES’ and I’d like to share some advice from a tree for your next chapter in life.
Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots into the earth
Be content with your natural beauty
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breeze
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
Thank you to all of our graduates for their work and commitment to our local environment–we look forward to see what comes next for you!