Student Wave - Student Correspondents Corps


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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Student Correspondents Corps was a group of leading student voices for the Bay. It ran for three seasons during 2014. The students documented their own student action stories, learned and shared CBF's position on Bay issues, fostered student leadership, photographed nature, and built skills in communication and advocacy.

Certified Student Correspondents—received a certificate, CBF gear, and were featured on this webpage. There were two ways to get certified (details below): social media and blogging.

High school student volunteer opportunity—CBF was able to sign off on service learning hours for those who were involved.

Social Media Focus

Via CBF Student Wave social media channels, help educate and build a community of active students for the Bay. How it works:

  • ~1 hour per week
  • Learn from CBF about Bay issues, take photos, make images, write commentary
  • Craft into social media posts
  • Post some yourself, send others to be shared on Student Wave's social media
  • Do it from home, or wherever you have internet
  • Weekly theme, topics that interest you
  • After completing 5 weeks, become certified as a CBF Student Correspondent

This program is not currently available.

Blog Focus

Write for CBF's student action blog. Document your awesome actions for the Bay and inspire an audience of students to take action. Types of posts:

  • Showcase actions & projects that you and your classmates are doing
  • Profile your green club
  • Tell your story of what inspired you to get involved for the Bay
  • Share other fun Bay projects (art/video/photos/music)

After two blog posts, become certified as a CBF Student Correspondent

This program is not currently available. 

Fall 2014 Correspondents

Jessica Jenkins

Jessica Jenkins

Jessica is class of 2015 at Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County, Maryland. She is a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient, which she earned as an oyster gardener with CBF, raising cages of baby oysters called spat. She documented the whole process with videos and a blog to encourage future oyster gardener students to get involved. She says, “Most DelMarVa kids know that the Bay runs deep for us. It’s not just water, it’s a feeling, it’s a way of life, it’s home. What better way to give back to that home than raising its silent protectors?” See her blog here.

Sam McCoy

Sam McCoy

Sam is class of 2015 at Maggie Walker Governor's School in Richmond, Virginia. She participates in Club SECSEE (Saving the Environment though Conservation, Sustainability and Environmental Education), which takes care of the entire school's recycling every week, as well as Art Club President. She has grown up near the James River and says, "The quality of nature that the James River holds, especially centered in the populated city of Richmond, is what makes it such a unique and special place to live and grow up in. Helping preserve the Bay and raising awareness is extremely important because I want to ensure the survival of James River's beauty for years and generations to come."

Eric Sundberg. Photo provided by Eric.

Eric Sundberg

Eric is class of 2016 at John Randolph Tucker High School in Henrico, Virginia. He has visited the Eastern Shore on long weekends for years and says, "Living in the suburbs of Virginia, sometimes it can be very noisy or quiet; but I can always count on the Shore to be peaceful. It's great to go out kayaking, just to simply get away from everything." Eric was also a Student Correspondent during the spring of 2014.

Jeeva Thaivalappil

Jeeva Thaivalappil

Jeeva is class of 2017 at Poolesville High School in Poolesville, Maryland. She is a member of the Poolesville Bay Coalition, a club that works to bring awareness about the environment and projects to help the Bay. She is also a member of Interact Club. Jeeva took a CBF trip to Fox Island in the summer of 2014 and to the Karen Noonan Center in the fall of 2014. Jeeva says, "Both experiences were intriguing and eye opening to the condition and beauty of the bay. It was amazing, not knowing the time and just living in the moment. From both experiences I was inspired and motivated to do my part, to get involved whether it is stream clean ups, storm drain awareness, etc. In the end every little thing counts. I hope one day everyone can learn to do their part."

Summer 2014 Correspondents

Amelia Avis

Amelia Avis

Amelia is class of 2015 at Annapolis High School. She is the Student Government President and has been working to start a Green Club and to raise environmental and political awareness in the student community. Amelia has worked with CBF in multiple ways, attending a summer Student Leadership course in 2013 and serving on planning committees for future CBF student programs. Amelia grew up swimming, sailing, and sunbathing on the Bay, and says she is "dedicated to making it a safer and cleaner place for every living thing to enjoy."

Bassey Arikpo.

Bassey Arikpo

Bassey is class of 2015 at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School in Cambridge, Maryland. He is a member of his school's Interact Club, which works to make a difference in the community, both socially and environmentally. Bassey also works as an intern at the renowned Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery that sits along the Choptank River. Bassey says, "Ever since I was little, I have had an interest in marine ecosystems, and the Chesapeake Bay has a very diverse ecosystem that must be preserved and possibly enhanced."

Brooke Fruman.

Brooke Fruman

Brooke Fruman is class of 2016 at Garrison Forest School in Baltimore, Maryland. She was sophomore class co-president, leading classmates in raising funds and awareness for the Chesapeake Bay. She is also a member of the Service League and Green Club at her school. Brooke says, "I have loved working to help preserve the Bay because it is so important to raise awareness about a special part of our local environment! I believe that it is our responsibility as a community to take care of the Chesapeake Bay because it is such an important part of our local history, culture, and environment."

Marley Hillman.

Marley Hillman

Marley Hillman is Class of 2017 at Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC. She has grown up sailing and cruising on the Bay, and says, "When I was little, I loved to go sailing and swimming in the Bay. As I grew up, I began to realize how fragile nature is. I hope that the children of the next generation will be able to enjoy the same natural beauty that is the Bay."

Emily Lehman-Rios

Emily Lehman-Rios

Emily is class of 2015 at Maggie Walker Governors School in Richmond, Virginia. She is co-president of Club SECSEE (Saving the Environment though Conservation, Sustainability and Environmental Education), a club that takes care of the entire school's recycling every week and does other action projects. Emily says, “I can remember eating picnics along the James River and trying to spot great blue herons as a young child. But now, what I enjoy most is participating in clean-ups or invasive specie removal because it’s my way of giving back to the Bay and river that have been such an amazing part of my life.”

Jake Nicastro.

Jake Nicastro

Jake is a member of the class of 2016 at Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. Jake says, "the Chesapeake watershed has always been my home, so ever since I was young I've enjoyed getting out of the DC area to spend time on the water. The Bay has always been a great place to relax for myself and everyone else, and by working with the CBF, hopefully we can keep it that way."

Savannah Steinly.

Savannah Steinly

Savannah recently graduated as class of 2014 at Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland. She was president of Leo Club, organizing activities to improve her community. She was also part of the Envirothon team, exploring an interest in environmental science and conservation (especially relating to aquatics). And she ran varsity track and cross country. Savannah took a CBF trip to Smith Island in the spring of 2014 and says, "Going on this trip and learning about the direct impact that each of my daily actions has on the Chesapeake Bay’s health was a really unique and eye-opening experience. It made me want to advocate for the Bay by showing others that even the smallest of efforts can truly make a difference.”

Spring 2014 Correspondents

Charlotte Jeanne. Photo provided by Charlotte.

Charlotte Jeanne

Charlotte is class of 2015 at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland. She is co-leader of Wilderness Club, a school group that spreads awareness about environmental issues and gets together to enjoy the nearby nature. She visited CBF's Karen Noonan Center with her school in the fall of 2013. She says, "The club and the trip have been some of the best experiences of my life. The Bay and Baltimore Harbor have always been places I have loved spending time."

Joseph Costello. Photo provided by Joseph.

Joseph Costello

Joseph is class of 2015 at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia. He co-leads their Students for Environmental Awareness club. Joseph and his club have done stream cleanups and have plans for other projects like plantings and a fundraiser charity Bass Fishing Tournament. Joseph says, "Whether it was hiking along White Oak Canyon Waterfall, canoeing in the James River Canal, or exploring the creeks of the Piankatank River, the Bay has always been a part of my life."

Jacqueline Stomski. Photo provided by Jacqueline.

Jacqueline Stomski

Jacqueline is class of 2015 at Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Maryland. She has lived in the area her whole life and traces her love for the Bay to her first school trip to Echo Hill in elementary school. She says, "We collected aquatic organisms to survey the different populations living where the Susquehanna meets the Bay. For the first time, I was on the Bay, in the sun, and I loved it."

James Marsh. Photo provided by James.

James Marsh

James is class of 2015 at Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Maryland. He says, "I'll never forget those days over the summer when some friends and I just kayaked for as long as we could and then sat down at a small beach, watching boaters and tubers fly by, each enjoying the Bay. Don't you want to keep on having those memorable moments as you grow up? If we can all work for a cleaner Bay, then it can be achieved."

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