November 24, 2017

FC Barcelona’s Shaky Future -

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gordon Hayward Injured -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mrs. Tribuzi, Dance Teacher Extraordinaire -

Monday, October 30, 2017

theSkimm: The Millennial Generation of News -

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cross Country Runs into the 2017 Season -

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Should You Attend the Women’s Marches? -

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Conservationists at SMHS: Perspective from Cole Mefford

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Cole Mefford is a man of many hats. The hats must be quite large because his mind is a vast encyclopedia of knowledge regarding environmental issues and ways to solve them. At school, he runs the Green Team with fellow junior Sabrina Jin. Outside of school, he helps educate visitors at the Monterey Bay Aquarium by interpreting exhibits for everyone to understand as well as help the Presidio Native Plant Nursery replant native plants back in california soil. This is all on top of being a full time student and volunteering his time to educate less-than-knowledgeable people like myself.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Mefford works on weekends to help explain the exhibits as well as educate the general public. He has answered almost every question you could think of with knowledge and saint-like patience. He once even had to explain to a man who travelled halfway across the globe for dolphins that the Monterey Bay Aquarium doesn’t contain any. Mefford says that he volunteers his time because one of his biggest passions, in addition to helping conservation the ocean, is educating the public.

Mr. Mefford has been involved in this volunteer work for only a year, but has logged around 300 hours because “any free time I have I spend volunteering.” He learns much of what he knows from reading labels at zoos and aquariums, but also by keeping up with news outlets and watching dozens of documentaries. He also is an AP Environmental Science student this year where he learns a lot on a daily basis.

I was very much intrigued as to how one would learn so much about the environment and issues that the natural world faces in a year. I asked more about where he learned so much in such a short amount of time. The simple answer is great. Get outside. It’s that simple. “Connecting to the outdoors is the foundation of caring about them.” This really rings true. Take your average member of the general public with limited information about environmental issues. They see plants in shops and on the sidewalk everyday, but their breath is taken away when they go hiking or visit the ocean and see the boundlessness that is the natural world. Only then can they really appreciate the nature: when they are entirely surrounded by its immeasurable wonder.

In fact, that’s exactly how Cole was inspired to become a conservationist. During the summer of 2016, he participated in the Teen Conservation Leadership or TCL program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The program exposed him to the issues that the ocean faces. Right then and there, he knew what his calling was. From there, he has been the hardcore conservationist that he is today. His leading of Green Team as well as his hundreds of volunteer hours has given him skills that he takes with him to this day.

If you are interested in getting involved with environmental conservation here at school, the Green Team is always open to eager new members. There are meetings at Lunch on Thursdays in Mr. Appleman’s room.

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