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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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tsherer



Registered: October 2018
City/Town/Province: Pawleys Island
Posts: 1
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My name is Taylor and I am a senior at the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This year I had privilege of being elected President of my school's chapter of The Science National Honor Society. As of 2018, I have headed my organizations participation in From Seeds to Shoreline. This organization collects, germinates, and transplants the seedlings of salt marsh grass. This process is vital for the local ecosystem to continue its existence. As President, I was in charge of many tasks involving both the "S2S" organization and the student population, as well as tasks both inside and outside of school.
Before we could begin the process of collecting and germinating the Spartina (salt marsh grass) seeds, I first had to put together a plan of action. On my school's campus, we have a conveniently located greenhouse. Unfortunately, it hadn't been utilized for quite some time and had turned into an extra storage building. I decided that I first needed to clean out and organize the neglected greenhouse. Once the greenhouse was prepped, I lead a seed collection at Withers Swash Park in Myrtle Beach. A team of about three teachers and thirteen students, including myself, and worked for 2 hours to collect hundreds of tiny Spartina seeds. The seeds were then stored over the next few weeks. The germination process began and the seeds started to grow into the Spartina plant. Once they were ready for cultivation, we transplanted the grass at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
This project was especially important to me for many reasons but my personal ties to the salt marshes of Murrells Inlet connect me most to this program. Growing up in the Inlet, I have watched the effects of urban sprawl on my small community. Most people are unaware of the importance of the salt marsh ecosystem in our normal lives. Having the opportunity of being President of my society allowed me to engage in opportunities I previously could not have been involved in. For example, I was able to talk to elementary students about the critical job the salt marshes have of filtering water. This is another reason I held this project so close to my heart. Water pollution and sanitation is a major issue in today's society. The salt marshes act as a natural filtration system to remove pollutants in our water. Many people were surprised to learn that without the salt marshes, the water in and around those areas would be a lot more polluted.
I am so thrilled that after I graduate, my school and my Honor Society will continue to participate in this organization. Being able to say that I started a major conservation project at my school means more to me than any honor cord or certificate I could have received. I hope that through the rest of my education efforts, other schools in my area will also begin to participate in the conservation of our beautiful salt marshes.
Date: November 29, 2018 Views: 163 File size: 21.9kb, 2454.8kb : 2448 x 3264
Hours Volunteered: 50+
Volunteers: 75
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 & 15-19
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