October 3, 2008
September 22, 2008—The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce Zacharie Michael Arellano as its September 10th Anniversary Scholar for his excellence in academic achievement, citizenship, 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.
Eleven-year-old Arellano is a NAACP Youth Scholar who has been recognized for exemplary work in community service and is an outstanding student at Stanford Middle School. He received a Scholar Award during his 5th grade promotion ceremonies at Emerson Parkside Academy. Arellano has received many other awards, including Outstanding Citizen, Citizen of Character for the year’s 2003 to 2008 at Emerson, as well as certificates from Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He has participated in the NAACP’s youth leadership program promoting cultural diversity. Arellano has also participated in special golf, sailing, and tennis programs, sponsored by the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, the US Sailing Center, US Sailing Foundation, Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club Foundation, and Supervisor Don Knabe, that emphasize youth of color learning to work together as a team. Each month for the past two years Zacharie has worked on the NAACP newsletter, served as a youth greeter at the general membership meetings, and has received a presidential certificate from the NAACP Cultural Diversity Program.
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.