Jadel was one of the first students to take part in RWA programs back when we first began in 2007. Jadel attended PS43, where RWA started pilot projects and workshops with youth in the Rockaway public schools. At the time, Jadel was in the 7th grade and would regularly help with stewardship and planning projects, such as plans for the Rockaway Waterfront Park.
RWA was founded in part because of students like Jadel who lived directly off the waterfront but had no prior exposure to learning from the natural environment. Jadel has learned a great deal about marine science working as an intern in RWA's Aqua 101 after school and summer programs. Over the years, she has become an accomplished swimmer, surfer, songwriter and musician.
Jadel graduated from Frederick Douglass Vi High School in 2011; representing the first official graduating class of RWA. Today, Jadel continues to live in Far Rockaway as she attends Hunter College
We are so proud of Jadel's accomplishments over the past 9 years, as she has been a role model for her peers, an outspoken advocate for the environment and for the Rockaway community itself.