Meet the High School Interns

THIERNO BAH

About Thierno:

My name is Thierno Bah. I am 18 years old and recently became a high school graduate from Boston Latin Academy this past June. In the fall I will begin my freshman year. I am originally from Atlanta, GA but I have been in Boston for the past 6 years. I enjoy watching and playing sports in my free time. My favorite sports include football and basketball. I owe my fandom to all Atlanta sports team, and some of my favorite athletes include LeBron James, Julio Jones, and Serena Williams

What are you most proud of that you accomplished this summer?

Completing the internship. And I learned more things than I knew before coming in. Like how to use a weed whacker, mover and blower.

What is your favorite type of work you did?

Creating the tree rings and mulching. Mulch contains water and keeps plants healthy. For a tree ring, you dig out grass and weeds, and the place looks better than it had before you started.

What is something new you learned?

What a weed is. It’s not a certain kind of plant. It’s anything that’s where it shouldn’t be.

Has this changed your future career goals?

I want to study communications but I learned that I enjoy nature and being outside and I like learning different things every day.

Anything else to add?

It was a great experience! I had fun!

Special project:

Cataloging garden beds


CAMELLA PERSHAD

About Camella:

I am Camella Pershad. I have lived in Boston for most of my seventeen years. I enjoy reading, I like learning new things. Learning is an opportunity for everyone to humble themselves–because everyone can be a teacher. I do consider myself a fan of art, mostly film. I love old movies a lot and it makes me very happy when I can understand film references and euphemisms.

What are you most proud of that you accomplished this summer?

Seeing something that needs help like trees or hardscaping and knowing I helped fix it.

What is your favorite type of work you did?

Helping with volunteer groups because I got to know different people.

What is something new you learned?

About invasive species and native plants. Why it’s important to propagate plants already on the Esplanade.

Has this changed your future career goals?

I would like to be an attorney. This taught me that it’s important to stay involved with the community.

Special project:

Photographing native and invasive plants


MICHAEL NGUYEN

About Michael: 

My name is Michael, I’m a student from Boston Latin Academy going into my senior year. Most of my time after school, I volunteer at an afterschool program to help students to give back to the community. My hobbies include binge watching on netflix and hulu or playing games in my free time.

What are you most proud of that you accomplished this summer?

It was a physically demanding summer so I was proud I was able to make it through. I became stronger.

What is your favorite type of work you did?

I liked mulching. It goes around beds and helps the plants.

What is something new you learned?

So many new kinds of plants.

Has this changed your future career goals?

It exposed me to more pathways. Right now I’m very interested in psychology.

Anything else to add?

Thank you for this opportunity!

Special project:

Soil health testing