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What’s It Like Being In The Marine Biology Club?

Well let me shell you
Photo Jordan De La Cruz
Lauren Williams (’27), Showing off arts and crafts project at the Marine Biology Club Meet on Club Day.

There’s shrimp-ly a sea of clubs throughout Robinson, all floundering to get the attention of the students at Robinson. But, with an ocean of niches and possibilities, one club has exhibited school-wide popularity: the Marine Biology Club! With 100 students partaking this year, the program has been nothing less than sand-sational.

Sponsored by Tiffany Oliver, HL IB Biology teacher, Marine Biology has been a staple of her life well before she began teaching. Receiving her master’s degree in the subject years before becoming a full-time educator and working as a research scientist, Oliver’s passion for Marine Biology extends far beyond the IB curriculum.

With a fervid interest in the beautiful life beneath the ocean, she’s made it her mission to spread interest to young students.

“I love to bring my excitement and passion to get students interested. It’s so relevant and so interesting,” Oliver said.

With her assistance, there are many students leading the Marine Biology Club, like Captain Rhys Sheldon (’26).

“I really loved learning about all things marine bio. So, me and my best friend Audrey [Coleman (’26)], took matters into our own hands, with the goal in-mind to provide the most hands-on experiences high schools could have,” Sheldon said.

The club meets at the last period every club day. During club meetings, there are a plethora of activities to be excited for on these meets.

More notably, the club also hosts monthly beach cleanups at local Tampa shores.

“There’s only been one beach cleanup, but they have more planned.” said Lexi Suzuki (’25), a Marine Bio Club member. “I love the Marine Bio. Club so much because I get to learn more about sea creatures, because of events like the beach cleanups.”

Home to world renowned beaches, Florida has a large issue with beach pollution, much of which gets drawn into the ocean everyday.

“[Litter’s] not just a nuisance or a visual problem, but it’s creating a larger problem in our marine ecosystem, and it can affect not just all the organisms in the ecosystems, but also humans,” Oliver said. 

These neighboring beach cleanups allow for others to make connections with like-minded individuals who are passionate for local sustainability while receiving volunteer hours at the same time. Furthermore, the recycled debris will be used to make artwork for a future exhibit at the Florida Aquarium.

“With the beach cleanups, we collect the materials and sterilize it. Then we’re going to create artwork with it and it’s going to become an exhibit within the Florida Aquarium,” Oliver said.

In fact, a special partnership was appointed between the club and the Florida Aquarium. With this grant, some of the students participating in the Marine Biology Club may be given special opportunities later in the year.

Because of this grant, students are working on with the Florida Aquarium, we are working on two events [later in the spring],” Oliver said. “We’re going to have an arts and crafts night at the aquarium, and I get to take them [Selected Students] on a special field trip.” 

If you’re truly passionate or interested in the study of marine biology, you can join the club now; with the club due being $15, Mrs. Oliver would love to kelp you join in room 11-120. 

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Jordan De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Jordan De La Cruz is a junior at Robinson and a staff writer for Knight Writers. This is his first year on the staff. A true artist, De La Cruz partakes in many artistic hobbies including playing drums, guitar and even painting. "Anything creative I love to take part in," De La Cruz said. With an affinity for editing videos and having already written a few full-length stories, De La Cruz's passions for newspaper extend beyond the class. He felt joining newspaper would benefit his interests and wanted to expand his already formidable writing abilities. "As a writer I felt like this would be a super fun way to expand my influences with writing but also with the video editing," De La Cruz said. "I already have a good past in video editing that I think doing more of it would be great." While De La Cruz enjoys the opportunity to express his writing abilities, video creation is another thing that drew De La Cruz to newspaper. He looks forward to making content for the ongoing "Man on the street" videos under the Knight Mic series. De La Cruz looks forward to being able to build on the foundation left by previous classes and hopes to expand the coverage of Knight Mic videos beyond pep rallies and RHS sporting events. "I'm excited to be a host, be able to put my charisma on the screen," De La Cruz said. "Just being able to make videos with two friends of mine, I'm really excited." Never staying in one school for long, De La Cruz looks forward to finishing his final years at Robinson and leaving his mark on the school as a Knight Writer. "I used to move every year, but this is the only time I'm going to be able to finish the next three years at the same high school," De La Cruz said. "I'm super hopeful ... [that] I'll be able to have some sort of mark on the school." (Profile by Yesenia Rosario)
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