10 Aug Time to say goodbye – Manuel Santos
Every good thing must come to an end, and unfortunately it is time for me to say goodbye to the Park(s). It has been a fun, fruitful, and learning experience here and I am thankful that I got the opportunity to work for the National Parks, specifically the New Orleans Jazz National and Historical Park here in New Orleans, Louisiana. This last Friday was the culminating event of the Summer Digital Workshop Project that Ranger Jon, Jeremy Love, and I organized. Will Smith (Not that Will Smith) and his band came to perform at the Park and the kids got to record the performance both on video and audio. The students definitely enjoyed it, what might have been some boring classes every now and then culminated in a fun and engaging event that seemed to have paid off. To add to the excitement of both us and the students, WWL Channel 4 sent one of their best camera men in order to record a small segment that was premiered on TV that same day. The students were excited to be interviewed and also see what a professional news camera man operated with. Unfortunately with this exciting event, also came my last day as an intern. I would like to thank everyone at Environment for the Americas and both The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve French Quarter Visitor Center for being so welcoming and helpful with everything and anything I needed. I would like to give special thanks to Dalia Dorta, Jon Beebe, Matt Hampsey, Jeremy Love, Karen Armagost, and Briana Cervantes; my time at the Park would not have been possible or enjoyable without these people, and for that I thank them! Before I say farewell, I want to share with you all the brand new logo for the New Orleans Jazz National and Historical Park; I hope it is able to be used for the years to come.