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Aquarium Announces Poetry Contest Winners

The Aquarium the Pacific is announcing the winners of its 11th Annual Poetry Contest as part of the Urban Ocean Festival. The contest’s theme in 2020 was Living Lighter on Earth in the Anthropocene.

Harbor seals on rocks as seen from Urban Ocean Cruise

June 15, 2020

We live in the Anthropocene, the most recent geologic epoch…the one in which humans are affecting Earth processes and phenomena on a global scale for the first time in our 200,000 years of history. We have accelerated the pace of change and degraded nature so many species cannot keep up. This year’s poetry festival entrants were asked to focus on how we can slow the pace of change and to reduce the burden of humans on Earth.

Prizes are given in the following age categories: middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12), young adult (ages 18-25), and adults (26+). First Prize: $200 and four Aquarium tickets; Second Prize: $150 and four Aquarium tickets; and Third Prize: $100 and four Aquarium tickets.

The winners of the poetry contest for 2020 are:

Middle School:
1st Samantha Perez
2nd Evelyn Castellanos
3rd Emanuel Meredith

High School:
1st Matthew Quach
2nd Andrea Garcia
3rd Cody Luong

Young Adults:
1st Thanh Le
2nd Gerlhen Perez
3rd Kaylee Doan

1st Michelle Tio
2nd Taylor Kreidel
3rd Elizabeth Hickman