Camila – Camila is a Chicana and lives in Seattle, WA. She is an incoming sophomore in Chief Sealth High School and her favorite subject this past school year was History. In her free time, she loves to color and play volleyball. After being part of the Washington Trails Association and the Duwamish Youth Corps Youth Ambassadors, she wants to stay involved with the environment. Earlier this month she found out about the National Park Service through her brother and is now a volunteer in a national park! She looks forward to having fun, meeting new people, becoming a better leader, and many other things!
Eliana – Eliana is entering her junior year at Redmond High School and taking classes at Bellevue College as a Running Start student to earn an associate degree in Arts and Sciences. As an APAP intern and the next president of her school’s Interact Club, she hopes to gain important skills and experiences that will help her grow as a person, make a positive impact on others, and maybe even make the world a better place 🙂 Her favorite subjects in school are science and history, and her non-academic interests include theater, music, reading, art, cross country, and countless fandoms. She is very excited to be involved with the NPS and all the wonderful people who work and volunteer at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park!
Francisco – Francisco grew up in Seattle and went to Mexico at the age of eight. He is an incoming freshman at Chief Sealth High School. He is trying out for the football and basketball team. Becoming a police officer is something he wants to accomplish throughout his life. He loves to help out the community.
Hana – Hana is from Seattle, Washington and is a rising senior at Shorecrest High School. Hana recently became interested in environmental studies when she joined the environmental and science club at her school. Hana joined the program, A Place at a Park, to learn more about Seattle’s environment and the many National Parks surrounding it. She wants to learn about the environmental issues affecting our surroundings and educate others about them in the future. Hana is a volunteer and youth mentor at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a non-profit writing and tutoring center focused on helping youth. She hopes to expose youth, specifically those from underrepresented communities, to the outdoors and teach them about the importance of protecting the environment. In her free time Hana enjoys hiking, playing ping pong, and exploring all the great sites that Seattle has to offer.
India – India was born and raised in Seattle. She attends Franklin High School and will be starting her sophomore year in the Fall. She is proud to be a part of the Seattle community. Outside of A Place at the Park (APAP), India enjoys playing with her cat, watching movies, and baking. Her life goal is to eat at every Cracker Barrel location in the United States. India is very excited to be involved with the National Park Service through APAP and looks forward to learning more this summer!
May – Born Yuen-May Chen, she prefers to go by May. May was born and raised in Seattle. She will be studying at Nova High School for the next two years. May enjoys horror, specifically true scary experience stories because it makes it more terrifying knowing that something mysterious actually happened. Want to know more about May–come and find her!
Saron – Saron was born in Ethiopia and grew up there until the age of 7. She lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years before finally moving to Washington where she now lives. She currently attends Shorecrest High School and hopes to attend an out-of-state college when she graduates. In her free time, she loves to go on adventures and spend time with her friends. She also enjoys playing sports like volleyball and tennis. Saron has recently began getting involved with the environment; she recently became an officer of the environmental club at her school. Through A Place at the Park, she hopes to learn more about the correlation between community, culture, and environment. She is excited to meet new people and see what opportunities she can find through the program. She also hopes to learn more about what she could do to be more involved in her community.
Tayler – Tayler is from Tacoma, Washington and is going to be a senior in the fall at Mount Tahoma High School. She was born Deaf and her first language is American Sign Language (ASL) and her second language is English. She is proud to be Deaf. She is interested in majoring in Deaf Studies, American Sign Language and theater at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. She is a very outgoing, friendly, and open-minded person. One of her goals is to be more environmentally friendly and teach people about taking care of the environment better. She is obsessed with nature, and one of her favorite things to do is take pictures of nature. One of her other goals is to get people engaged in learning about the Deaf community and spread awareness about the culture. In her free time, she enjoys writing, hanging with her friends, taking pictures, being outside, and watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. One of her favorite quotes is: ”Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do.”
Twinny – Twinny recently graduated from Franklin High School and is planning to attend the University of Washington as part of the Class of 2022. She is interested in humanities, environmental science, and social justice and is planning on pre-majoring in humanities. In her free time, she likes to go out with her friends and make memories from traveling across borders seeking new places with views, long drives to the beach, and taking care of her little cousins.