artistsMaria Sykes

Zorth Pilonieta

artistsMaria Sykes
Zorth Pilonieta

Frontier Fellow July 2011

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Zorth Pilonieta was born in Marion County, Florida, in 1989, but spent his summers with his family in Colombia. From Legos as a child, to getting his Drafting & Architecture merit badges as an Eagle Scout, Zorth would eventually receive an MArch from the University of South Florida.

Epicenter's summer intern Ted Ranney told me not to buy a ticket home and only now do I realize how true that is. It might seem like Green River has nothing more than a pit stop on the highway, but for me it’s been much more. I wish I could bring everyone here to show them what I’ve experienced because pictures don’t do it justice. The local community has made my stay very welcome and memorable. 

Much of my time in Green River was spent working on the Habitat for Humanity house. Having 19 AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers made working on the house a lot easier, leaving me with energy to do other stuff like take Justin Queen's jeep out to the canyons on rough roads and get some mileage on my road bike. I even did a solid 40 miler today (to Crescent Junction and back, average speed 20 MPH, high of 37 MPH), although the elevation still gets to me.