During his junior year at Academic Magnet High School, Marzio, a quiet and shy teenager, heard a presentation at his school about the South Carolina Aquarium’s High School Intern Program. The opportunity piqued his interest, so he applied. Little did he know that he was setting his career path into motion.

Marzio’s application was accepted, and he began his training at once. He learned about animal care, biology, and conservation – but more importantly, he developed abilities that would help him for the rest of his life: interview skills, professionalism, teamwork and leadership.

Marzio’s performance in the program and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty stood out to the Aquarium staff, and they kept in touch with him. While he was studying biology at the College of Charleston, he completed a college internship at the Aquarium, expanding his knowledge even further. When not officially working as an intern, Marzio volunteered his time to help with interpretation of the exhibits at the Aquarium.

Marzio first joined the Aquarium staff as a part-time Education Interpreter, and shortly thereafter, he was promoted to full-time Education Interpreter. He now helps administer the program that shaped him so much growing up, ensuring that other young people in our community get the same opportunities that he did.

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Over 15 years we’ve heard stories about the lives the Aquarium has influenced and now we are asking for your help to capture these amazing stories and share them with the world.

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