Maria Cruz

February 2012
MetWest High School, Oakland

Maria Cruz, who is a freshman, really enjoys the small, tight knit community MetWest provides. Maria is currently a leader in the freshman Environmental Science and Gardening class.  She would one day like to contribute to the health of her community by being a nurse. In the meantime she participates in after school activities, like Youth Venture, focused on creating better community environments through murals and cultural understanding.

Maria demonstrated great deal of leadership skills and enthusiasm in EarthTeam's Waste Action Program. She led several activities that encouraged  and inspired her peers. In particular, she led a classroom discussion that focused and shed light on the views on “waste” in our society, and the vital role that youth play in this equation. It is evident that Maria is invested in the environment as well as her education,  the Waste Action Program congratulates her as student of the month!