January 8, 2009
January 1, 2009—The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce Juan Lopez as its December 10th Anniversary Scholar for his excellence in computer science and community service. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Aquarium is honoring students in the community who have shown outstanding efforts in the areas of science, environment, ocean science/marine biology, promoting cultural diversity, and exceptional community service. Ten award recipients will be honored between August 2008 and May 2009.
Lopez, who attends Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School of North Long Beach, has demonstrated his considerable knowledge with computer systems and information technology to not only to excel in this field, but also to be of help to others. He volunteers his time to repair computers at school. He also helps his fellow students with resumes and even taught a 3D computer aided design course. He has also volunteered as a computer technician with the Bikes 90800 program, repairing donated computers and giving them to other volunteers who have little or no access to computers. Lopez has also volunteered at the Aquarium’s cultural festivals, proving himself as an excellent leader and example to his fellow student volunteers.
To be considered for this competition, all interested applicants should download and fill out the form located here on our website. Early entries are encouraged as one award will be given each month. The final application deadline is February 28, 2009. Awards will be determined by a committee made of Aquarium staff and 10th Anniversary Committee Community Representative Naomi Rainey. Applicants must be Long Beach residents between the ages of 7- 18 years old. Family members of Aquarium employees, volunteers, and Board are not eligible.