January 5, 2009
The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce Simmie Sims as its October 10th Anniversary Scholar for his excellence in leadership 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.
Sims, who attends Long Beach Renaissance High School, has demonstrated outstanding service in the community through his involvement in youth groups, his school, and his church. He has used his talents as a singer, dancer, writer, director, and actor to create a multi-ethnic dance group at school that brings students of various ethnic backgrounds together to promote cultural interaction. He also works as a volunteer with first and second graders, with the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, and at the American Cancer Society.
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.