Antioch Interns Ready to Lead City’s Earth Day Fair!

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This year out Interns at Antioch High School are hosting an Eco Fair for the City’s Earth Day event open to all community members. It is the students’ biggest project of the year. After interns met with the City of Antioch for advice and resources, they reflected on how they have grown as leaders throughout the school year and how that has prepared them for their big end of the year event. Read intern’s reflections below:

“I have grown so much in this internship. So far I have improved my communication skills, public speaking skills, leadership skills, team working skills, and so on. Our whole whole internship as a group has grown tremendously and we have gotten so much closer were literally a family now. I’m looking forward to meeting and speaking to so many new faces and just being around people who all have a common interest on Earth Day. I feel like I will be nervous about the day but  with all the skills I have gained I know I will be able to get through it and be able to interact with so many new people”- Tatiana Mendez

“I’ve grown as an intern by not being so shy and talking up more in discussions. The things that I’m looking forward to on Earth Day is the food, getting other people involved and also getting people to help the environment.  Earthteam has prepared me by speaking out to strangers”- Mackenzie Gumina

“I feel that I’ve grown as a leader in EarthTeam because I have develop better public speaking skills while doing all of our projects. I’m excited for the Earth Day event because it will be our largest event so far. I’m also excited because we will have our own booth and will get to share our knowledge with others who care about the environment as much as we all do. I feel that my growth as a leader has prepared me for the Earth Day event because I am more comfortable talking to people now and we will be doing a lot of that on Earth Day”-Shay Waldrop

“During this internship I have grown in many ways. I have grown as a leader and a member of a team. I have also grown asa public speaker, for the Earth Day festival I am looking forward to planning, interacting with people, and seeing how people react to the festival. My growth as a leader has prepared me for Earth Day event because it’s a lot easier for me to talk to people and organize with them even if I havn’t met them before”- Danielle Marin






Bring-A-Friend Clean Up Day a Success at Antioch High School!

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Last week interns brought a friend to a campus clean up and field outing day. Interns wanted to share their skills and knowledge with their friends while giving their peers a chance to see what it is like to be an EarthTeam intern. Here are some of the student’s reflections:

“My project was a Bring-A-Friend litter pick up. The objective was to bring a friend and we’d go to the sand dunes to pick up litter. We started off at school with a data training and a quick pick up then went to the Antioch Sand Dunes to pick up trash there. There were 21 people total. A Highlight was finding out that we picked up over 500 pieces of trash”- Danielle Marin 

“My project was to bring a friend to help clean up our school and the Antioch Sand Dunes. I choose this project because I felt bringing a friend along would help out a lot with the litter clean up. The purpose of the project was to get our friends involved in what we were doing like data training. The day was really good, things went really well. There were 21 people which as all the interns plus our friends. It was really fun to be able to see my friends clean and do what I do on a regular basis.”- Latavia Bates

“I was part of the Bring-A-Friend to EarthTeam project. I choose this project because it sounded super fun showing our friends what we do here in EarthTeam on a daily basis. The objective of our project was to really reach out to others and warn them about all the litter people produce. The day at the sand dunes with our friends was super exciting. There was a total of 21 people. It was so fun picking up litter with everyone having a good time. It didn’t feel like work at all. The highlight of that day for me was really at the end- hearing all the positive feedback our friends had while experience what we do.”- Tatiana Mendez

“My project was a data training at school and a clean up at the Antioch Dunes. The objective of our project was to teach our friends all of our skills in data collecting and litter pick ups. The day was really fun, I enjoyed being outside with my friends while doing something I love which is helping the environment. There were 21 people there. I had lots of fun. Something fun from that day was that we got to go into the water and pick up litter with boots on.” Jasmin Zermeno 



Antioch Interns Make Recommendations to Fish & Wildlife Services

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This February our Antioch EarthTeam Interns travelled to the Big Break Regional Office to share their knowledge with our partner Louis Terrazas. Interns put together a presentation summarizing their marine debris data that they have collected all school year long at the Antioch Sand Dunes Wildlife Refugee. Our student leaders connected their data and how the litter on the site effects the local Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly, a near extinct  species. Students ended their presentation with recommendations on how to prevent marine debris at the site. Read some of the student’s reflections on the day below:

“My mini-project for the last few weeks was to present to Louie T about the Antioch Sand Dunes and ways to help and protect the things that live there. The objective was to help and improve the health of the dunes with our suggestions. On the day of the presentation we all went over to Big Break in Oakley and presented in the main office. After we finished presenting each intern shared how they have impacted the environment. I enjoyed hearing what all of my fellow interns thought and how they have been helping the environment.”- Amani Taylor

“My project was the Fish & Wildlife Service Presentation. I choose it because I like to present, I have a passion for everyone’s eyes on me and to know I’m in charge. Our objective was to let Louie know what they can do to clean up and improve their site, also letting him know the excessive amounts of litter and what they can do to decrease such numbers. We got to Big Break in Rae’s van, all the interns went and four of us presented, including myself. I wasn’t nervous since I have been presenting so many times throughout my high school career.”- Zuwenat Zahra-Aganju