Joseph Marcelino

February 2013
Richmond High School

This is Joseph's third year in the Aqua Team, with the unofficial titles of "snake-handler" and "ground-breaker." With a near-perfect attendance record for the Aqua Team (okay, he missed a Saturday outing because he was visiting a prospective college), Joseph's presence during monthly outings has steadily increased from his first few months. He started as a shy brother who joined the Aqua Team group with his older sister. He's relocated snakes whose homes were disturbed during restoration activities, and he wailed on tough, rocky clay with a pulaski to help plant a tree. Joseph has volunteered on several occasions to be the photographer of the day. EarthTeam's Restoration Director, Chiara, is thrilled to have Joseph on board again this year, and looks forward to his fire-tending skills at the May Aqua Team camping trip! He also made her cry at EarthTeam's Golf Tournament last year with his surprising, kind words about his time with the Aqua Team.

According to Joseph, "To me Aqua Team is an amazing program that enables me to become active in my community. Through my four years of participation in it I have learned many things such as weeding, planting, mulching, trash assessment, etc. I have [met] many people and made friends along the way. I highly recommend anyone who is interested with their community or the environment to join this program which I have enjoyed dearly."