Sunday Spotlight: Lakeside Leadership Academy – Environmental/Horticulture

We would like to introduce the Lakeside community to this summer’s Environmental/Horticulture Interns.

Meet the 2019 LLA Environmental/Sustainability Intern, Ben White:

Name: Ben White
College: Miami University
Major/Minor: : Biology and Environmental Science
Hometown: Davenport, IA

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I grew up coming to Lakeside as a kid.  Every other summer, my family would rent a cottage for a week and enjoy our time together.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? I am most looking forward to exploring the natural areas in and around Lakeside with my fellow interns

What do you hope to gain from this experience? I hope to connect with individuals who have similar passions as myself and be able to leave a positive environmental impact on Lakeside.

Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer. This summer, I hope to perform an updated survey on all of the trees in Lakeside’s parks.

What are some of your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy camping, woodworking, watching sports, and working with animals

What is one of your proudest moments or major accomplishments you have achieved thus far in life? This past semester, I wrote two MASSIVE research papers on black bear reintroduction in Ohio that I’m fairly proud of.

What is your dream job? I’d love to go into either environmental protection or wildlife conservation.

Tell us a fun fact about you. Last summer, I got stuck up to my knees in quicksand for 10 minutes while hiking.


Meet the 2019 LLA Horticulture Intern, Nicholas Smith:

Name: Nicholas Smith
College: Ohio State ATI
Major/Minor: Landscape Horticulture/Agribusiness
Hometown: De Graff, OH

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? My family has been coming up to lakeside for 34 years.  My first trip to Lakeside was at 4 months old.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? [I am looking forward to] living on Lake Erie and meeting new people.

What do you hope to gain from this experience? [I hope to gain] experience in the horticulture industry.

Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer. I would like to add additional horticulture skills that I can use in the future.

What are some of your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Some of my hobbies include fishing, skiing, woodworking, fabrication and being outdoors.

What is one of your proudest moments or major accomplishments you have achieved thus far in life? [One of my proudest accomplishments is] starting a landscape company with my brother.

What is your dream job? [My dream job is] to continue growing my landscape company I started back home.

Tell us a fun fact about you. I placed 4th in a landscape maintenance operation competition at Colorado State University for the National Collegiate Landscaping Competition.

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