Below are notes from other student leaders who
participated in 50 Forward.
“Oysters have an immense impact on the health of the
Bay. And, everything is a chain reaction. The health of
the Bay is entirely dependent on the actions of both
humans and animals. CBF encouraged me to look at the
larger impact of my actions and to be conscious and
aware of the environment.”
Saint Mary’s Ryken High School
“The Bay significantly impacts us as people. After visiting
Hoopers Island Oyster Company, I realized how many
watermen still earn their living on the Bay. Jordan
Shockley from Hoopers Island spoke about his daily
efforts to raise oysters from a microscopic level to
replenish dying oysters beds. He loves the Bay not only
because he loves nature and the Bay as I do, but because
his whole livelihood depends on the health of the Bay.”
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
“BMPs, best management practices, help improve water
quality, not only on farms up in Pennsylvania, but on the
water down in the Chesapeake as well! If more people
were able to experience everything that the Bay has to
offer, I know that we wouldn’t still be fighting to restore it.”
Fairfield Area High School
“Oysters are helpful in filtering water. This inspired me
to do more local projects to help keep our waters clean.
It is important to get the word out and keep young
people involved! I now know how the environment
itself can be used to keep the Bay clean!”
Chambersburg Area Senior High School
Seventy-three student leaders from across the Chesapeake
Bay watershed participated in 50 Forward, a week-long
exploration of the watershed, which culminated in a capstone
event at CBF’s headqaurters in Annapolis, Maryland.
and the public at large. I shared this with my table on the
last day of the trip when we all met at CBF’s headquarters in
Annapolis to dine and discuss with Bay leaders our hopes for
the next fifty years.
I think we have a lot to look forward to.
FROM OUR PODCAST—CBF President Will Baker
talks with 50 Forward student leaders Hannah Herron
and Taegan Duncan: cbf.org/podcast-60
ON THE WEB—Visit our 50 Forward landing page at
Jasmine Joseph, member of CBF’s
Student Bay Advisory Council, is a senior
at Hammond High School in Columbia,
Maryland, where she is Editor of Hammond’s
award-winning magazine, The Vision.