The San Juan Journal reports that Kendra Clifton-Pew got her start in marine science through experiences offered by the San Juan Nature Institute to elementary/middle school students on Shaw Island.
Quoting from the first two paragraphs of the Journal story:
Kendra Clifton-Pew has been a budding scientist since elementary school. When she attended Shaw Island School as a youngster, scientists from the San Juan Nature Institute worked in her classroom, guiding her in projects like raising and releasing salmon, publishing an intertidal field guide, researching shoreline inventories and heading out on oceanography field trips aboard the Research Vessel Centennial.
“The experiences that I had there fostered my interest in science and specifically oceanography,” said Clifton-Pew of her early years in school and exploring the waters around her native island. Not surprisingly, the Friday Harbor High School Junior jumped at the chance to apply for an elite internship aboard the E/V Nautilus through the Ocean Exploration Trust.
The full report is on-line at: http://www.sanjuanjournal.com/news/380529021.html