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Shawnta Akins

Joshua Tree National Park

September 2023

Originally from Los Angeles California, Twentynine Palms California resident for approximately two decades. Studied Fire Science and Technology at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, California. Currently studying at Unity Environmental University for a bachelor's degree in environmental studies. Worked a variety of jobs from security, food service bartending, event catering and planning, trail Maintenace at the Joshua Tree National Park, and construction. Interests and hobbies include painting, poetry, and music. A fun fact is; Halloween is her favorite holiday. She creates most of her costumes herself. Hellraiser is this year's theme. Goals and values are; From the CVA program she is hopeful to learn more about the Joshua Tree National Park and bring the learned information to the community. Most residents of Twentynine Palms live in this area their entire lives, without stepping foot into the Joshua Tree National Park. There is so much opportunity to grow the Volunteer Program here, and her hope is for expansion throughout the Morongo Basin, and the Low-Desert areas potentially as well. Values Shawnta holds dear are; honesty, empathy, tradition, kindness.

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