My Name is Cortez Role and I am a 16 year-old senior and Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy, and third year Cadet. During my time in this program, it helped me to grow mentally and physically while learning the things that would help me in the near future. Before joining this program, I was a shy, young introverted child who didn’t like to talk to many people, but during this program, it helped me to grow and become more of an open minded person and be more open about to say what I am feeling and thinking. And after the program, I became a person who did not let any negative comments or things that people said about me affect who I am and who I will become.
Waterkeeper’s Cadets is a program that teaches our young people, who are going to be the new leaders of our country, the positive and negative impacts that we have on marine life and the species included in marine life. This includes the mangroves, coral reefs, fish, algae, sponges and other marine species that are in our waters.
Going into my third and final year, this program has helped me out substantially, due to the fact that it introduced me to mangroves before I got to in school, and helped me learn about the marine species in our waters and gave me the chance to become a certified SCUBA diver. But fuel to the Coronavirus, we had to put our meetings on a hold, and through this time, we have been meeting on Google Hangout, and we have been doing Classwork through Google Classroom.
In my opinion, Waterkeeper’s Cadets adapted to the situation the best that they possibly could, and even though our meetings aren’t as long as they used to, we are still having meetings and frequent meetings because we are having them once a week. Along with this, they are able to get their lessons across, and keep our minds sharp, for when we are able to go back into regular classes. And in class, we are still able to have fun, and enjoy what we are learning.