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Massachusetts Area Parks Student Career Intake Program Meet the Participants

Omisi “Missy” Agbe-Rankhe

Omisi “Missy” Agbe-Rankhe

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Omisi “Missy” Agbe-Rankhe. Student Conservation Association Visitor and Resources Protection Lowell National Historical Park

My most memorable experience with the National Park Service would have to be my first year of Spindle City Corps, in the summer of 2009. I truly enjoyed being able to help preserve the maintenance of Lowell by cleaning it up, I feel as though I make a huge difference.

Missy is a 2010 graduate of Lowell High and is currently a sophomore at Bay Path College in Longmeadow. She studying forensic science and criminal justice.
Missy has been a member of the Lowell National Historical Park and Community Teamwork, Inc. Spindle City Corp team since 2009. In 2012 she served as a team Leader helping Lowell youth give back to their community by cleaning canals and other various areas around the Lowell National Park. Missy is also a Teacher’s Aide at The Center School in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She assists the fifth grade teachers including correcting students work, constructing projects and organizing books. A team player, Missy is an athlete involved with many teams at Bay Path College including varsity soccer and she manages the varsity volleyball team. She was also selected to speak criminal justice at the Bay Path College Academic Achievement Day.

 
Iliana Lopez

Iliana Lopez

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Iliana Lopez. Student Conservation Association Intern Facility Management Salem Maritime National Historic Site

The SCIP program is a door that I am anxious to open. It will allow me to see the opportunities that are within the park service, give me more options for my future and help me make connections with people that may be able to assist me in constructing a plan that for the very near future.

Iliana is an artist and is a 2013 graduate of Lynn Classical High School. She has worked at Salem Maritime National Historic Site since 2009 first as a member of the F1RST JOBS program and then as part of the Future Leaders program. She is a member of the school Environmental Club where she helped endangered native turtle and fish species breed safely. She has planted trees in the area and participated in cleanups in Lynn. Her most memorable experience with the National Park Service was removing the invasive species of plants on the shoreline of the Saugus River and the Iron works and then planting the native species of plants in the area. She enjoyed wearing high mud boots and getting her hands dirty while helping the area to flourish. Iliana serves her community and enjoys the company of others by volunteering at My Brothers Table, and at the Phillips Manor nursing home.
 
Angela Mroz

Angela Mroz

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Angela Mroz. Student Conservation Association Intern Administration Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

By spending two days a week in the Harbor Islands and the other three traveling to other Parks, I would be able to glimpse into all sorts of career opportunities with the NPS and see which ones most intrigue me. This would help me zone in on what specifically I would love to do professionally after graduation.

Angela is a sophomore at Northeastern University working towards her Bachelor of Science degree Environmental Science with a minor in writing. She is a member of the Husky Environmental Action Team (HEAT) connecting student organizations with the faculty and administration via HEAT’s Social Media sites with Facebook, Twitter, and the HEAT website. She volunteered with Peace Through Play constructing lessons based on peacemaking and cooperativeness for inner city schoolchildren. She speaks Portuguese and participated in the Teletandem Language Program Teaching English to native Brazilians. Angela was also a volunteer coordinator for the WBZ News Boston Marathon Spotter’s Network managing a team of 30+ student volunteers for the 2010 and 2011 Boston Marathons.
 
Olf Leyinda Mouyaka

Olf Leyinda Mouyaka

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Olf Leyinda Mouyaka. Student Conservation Association Intern Interpretation Lowell National Historical Park

I see myself inspiring people to do better, being there for them, telling them about my experience and being able to create options for others at any level of their life that will empower and champion them to succeed and contribute to the community or to the world that they value the most.

Olf is a 2013 graduate of Lowell High School and expects to attend Middlesex Community College this Fall. Olf is a native French speaker and when he arrived in Lowell in 2009 he faced many challenges while learning to speak English. Olf is open about his experiences with the Lowell National Historical Park and Community Teamwork, Inc. Lowell Spindle City Corps and is a ready program ambassador as he readily shares his experiences. One of Olf’s greatest strengths is his willingness to learn. He has an easy manner and connects with people from all different backgrounds and adapting well in any environment. Olf was a member of the Lowell Spindle City Corps in 2009-2011 and he worked with the Division of Interpretation at Lowell National Historical Park in 2012. He has an interest in serving the community and is exploring career opportunities with the National Park Service.
 
Resi Polixa

Resi Polixa

Resi Polixa: Park Ranger Interpretation (SCEP) Lowell National Historical Park

My most memorable experience with the National Park Service is working with the YCC… it's what exposed me to work and different careers in the NPS. I did mostly maintenance work that summer and occasionally I worked with the curators at Thomas Edison and at Morristown NHP nearby, helping to catalogue artifacts. Then the next summer I did interpretation and that was it- I was hooked.

Resi is currently an Interpretive Park Ranger working at Lowell National Historical Park. She expects to receive her Master of Public Humanities degree from Brown University in 2013. A native of West Orange, New Jersey Resi began her National Park Service career in 2007 with the Youth Conservation Corps at Edison National Historical Park. She then worked in interpretation for two summers before arriving on the front line at Lowell in 2010.

Resi currently volunteers with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative an ESL-Citizenship class. The experience is helping her explore methods to interpret history to potential audiences of immigrants or visitors from different countries.

 
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Andrew Savage

Andrew Savage:Park Guide Pathways Intern, Boston National Historical Park

My most memorable experience with the National Park Service came as a visitor to Yosemite National Park last fall. It was my first time visiting a park site off duty and I was able to get a completely new appreciation for the work the NPS does. Going as a visitor looking at the beautiful scenery with my family taught me the importance of the park sites themselves and the value of the work done to preserve them.

A resident of Boston, Andrew is studying history at Salem State University. Andrew worked for two summers with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation Branching Out Program as a Field Team Member and the Field Team Historian. Team members completed landscape maintenance projects in ten National Park Sites spanning three states. As the historian he prepared and completed presentations discussing both the historical and ecological significance of different National Park Sites. Andrew is also comfortable with machinery such as bobcats, brush chippers and multiple arborist climbing systems.

Andrew enjoys being part of a team and working with people. He enjoys playing basketball and snowboarding. Andrew teaches snowboarding for Youth Enrichment Services since 2006. Andrew will be working with the interpretive district at Boston National Historical Park and is looking forward to experiencing the new visitor center, exploring career opportunities and sharing his knowledge with visitors.


 
Rich Hansen

Rich Hansen

Richard Hansen: WG-08 Electrical Worker Career Conditional Appointment, Lowell National Historical Park

It was a good feeling to bring some of the newest technology to a building that previously used some of the oldest technology. I found that to be pretty cool. I also worked under the supervision of a very knowledgeable master electrician who was very willing to teach me the trade.

Fluent in both English and Spanish Rich earned his degree in Energy Management at Mount Wachusett Community College in January 2013. He is working to become a licensed electrician. Rich is an electrical worker at Lowell National Historical Park helping with some exciting green energy projects such as the installation of wind turbines at the maintenance facility.

Rich first worked at the park as part of the Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical High School Electrical Co-op Program. He spent the past two summer seasons working in the Maintenance Division. Rich helped to install the solar electric system at the Boott Cotton Mills facility.
 
Kimberly Brunner

Kimberly Brunner

Kimberley Brunner: Park Guide GS-0090-04 John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

I look forward to becoming a part of the Park Service so that I can incorporate the experience into my career goals: to support and preserve the legacy of America.

Kimberley just earned her degrees in history and psychology from Boston University. She graduated from West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey in 2009. Kim loves to learn about American history and has made family trips to several urban national parks including Boston National Historical Park, Independence National Historical Park and the National Mall. She enjoys to sharing her passion for history with our visitors. Kim’s career goals include pursuing a Ph.D. in history and using her skills to preserve historical sites and tell stories of heritage.

Since her junior of high school, Kim has participated in the American Cancer Societies’ Relay for Life raising money for her team and serving on the Survivorship Committee. She helped organize the survivor dinner which involved getting food donations from local restaurants as well as sending out invitations to local survivors. She is also a founding member of a new service sorority at Boston University, Omega Phi Alpha, that serves the Boston University community, as well as the Boston area by participating in various community service projects throughout the year.
 
Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin: GS-090-03 Park Guide Pathways Intern, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

SCIP has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. The NPS creates the ultimate learning playground. As a ranger you get to explore and discover so many interesting pieces of history, but the best part is then teaching that history to the visitor and knowing you were a part of their learning experience.Sarah is a junior at Bridgewater State University where she a resident advisor studying sociology and history. She aspires to study sociology at University of Limerick this coming Fall.

Sarah works at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. At NEBE she is involved in various projects including creating waysides, conducting walking tours, as well as working with various school groups and summer programs.

She is the first SCIP intern to hit the road and work at another national park. Sarah was a seasonal employee at Valley Forge National Historical Park in 2011. Sarah led tours dressed in period clothing and participated in a soldier program where shot black powder muskets.

 
Rubby Wuabu

Rubby Wuabu

Rubby Wuabu GS-0303-05 Visitor Use Assistant SCEP Conversion Lowell National Historical Park

SCIP is a summer opportunity that combines education, adventure, challenge and history rolled into a dynamic summer job. You spend your summer on explorations and building your own personal talents because regardless of your academic or personal interest the SCIP program matches you with a mentor whose sole purpose is to foster your professional and personal growth.


Born in Ghana, Rubby’s goal to be a lawyer is driven by a personal quest to find a career that will grant her independence based on talent instead of gender. Rubby received the Elizabeth Rawlings Scholarship and was awarded the honors program study abroad scholarship. She is a 2012 Graduate of Simmons College in Boston where she studied political science and international relations. Participating in SCIP allowed Rubby to explore possible career opportunities in the National Park Service and create a well-rounded individual through exposure to diverse job experiences.

Rubby Wuabu graduated from Simmons College in 2012. She majored in political science in preparation for a career as an immigration lawyer. Rubby immigrated to Worcester from Ghana when she was fourteen years old. She sits on the board of Worcester's Canal District Alliance and works as an intern for State Senator Harriette Chandler. She is a founder of the Worcester Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon Tour with students at South High School in Worcester. She currently works with the Youth Theater Program at Lowell National Historical Park.

 
Saoran Roeuth

Saoran Roeuth

Saoran Roeuth GS-0303-06 Career Appointment, Administrative Support Assistant Lowell National Historical Park

I've always wanted to work in the Park Service. SCIP reinforced it - definitely. This program works - I'm proof of that. I am the result of this program. You can go from a youth program to permanent employee in the National Park Service.

Saoran is the first SCIP intern to become a permanent employee in the National Park Service. Saoran works in administration as part of the Business Center at Lowell.

A graduate of Lowell High School, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Middlesex Community College she is fluent in Khmer and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for excellence in business studies. Saoran has worked with Lowell National Historical Park in the unique position as a GS-025-01 park aide. Hired in 2007 she was one of the first students hired in this position not only to gain experience working at park sites, but to conduct boat tours and play traditional Cambodian games at the annual Southeast Asian Water Festival. A natural leader, Saoran served as a youth facilitator for the UMass Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community River Ambassador Program from 2005 through 2007. Working with 15 Lowell High youths interested in educating the community about the environment, Saoran assisted the program coordinator, planned and conducted weekly meetings, and organized trips and activities.

 
ShuMing Huang

ShuMing Huang

ShuMing Huang: Intern Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Boston Harbor Islands national park area

ShuMing just completed her first year at Smith College.She is a scientist at heart interested in botany and biology. As a Groundwork USA intern ShuMing managed the garden at the Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Histor Site as part of a team weeding, watering, edging, and planting irises and honey suckle. ShuMing's responsibilities included maintaining 'natural' Olmsted designs. She assisted with projects in other national parks sites including removing invasive plants in New York City's Governors Island National Monument and in the meadow of the Frederic Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

ShuMing volunteered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as an intern for the "Conservation of Bureau of Land Management's Botanical Voucher Collection . Sherepaired mounted specimens in the
United States National Herbarium received from George Washington University.She also recorded data for collected seeds from all the threatened and endangered plants within the U.S.


In 2010 ShuMing was awarded the "We Are Boston Youth Action" Award at the 5th Annual We Are Boston Gala.She is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.


 
Victor "Manny" Cruz

Victor "Manny" Cruz

Victor "Manny" Cruz: Park Guide GS-0090-04 Salem Maritime National Historic Site

This experience was so liberating, and the America's Great Outdoors initiative has forever changed my life. Never in my life had I imagined that I would sail on a tall ship to New York. I formed bonds that I never thought would exist. It is an adventure I will always share with others, and I hope that someday I get to see more youth being able to do this. I commend my fellow Scippers for their courage, and the crew for their patience. As for myself, I give myself a pat on the back, for showing I had the resolve to push beyond my own limits. I hope when you read this, you know that adventure, tradition and history are very much alive in the 21st century and that America is still beautiful. Hip hip Huzzah!

Manny, a 2010 graduate of Salem High, is a political science major at Salem State University. Manny is entering his third season as a park guide at Salem National Historic Site.

Civic engagement and politics are center in Manny's life. He is a freshman senator of the Salem State Student Government Association, a member of Governor Deval Patrick's State Wide Youth Council, and a student board member of the Youth Rising Organization. Manny strives to improve the lives of youth. His goals include becoming a representative to draft legislation that effects youth and contribute to improving the education system.

Did You Know?

Mile of Mills, Lowell National Historical Park

The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.