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Teens Explored Ocean Issues in Aquarium’s Inaugural High Tide Film Festival

The Aquarium received eighty submissions from high school students in twenty cities across Southern California for its inaugural High Tide Film Festival presented by Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg.

Crowd seated in Pacific Visions theater while two speakers are on stage

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

July 9, 2021

Students in grades nine through twelve submitted three-minute films in three categories: Ocean and Me, Thriving in a Changing Climate, and Responsible Seafood. A panel of seventy-two volunteer judges selected bronze, silver, and gold winners in each category, as well as two honorable mentions. The judges comprised sixty Aquarium staff members and a group of twelve community representatives, including city councilmembers, local business owners, school officials, and others.

The finalists attended an awards ceremony in the Aquarium’s Honda Pacific Visions Theater on June 2, 2021. The winners received cash prizes ($1,000 for bronze, $1,500 for silver, and $2,000 for gold) and four tickets to the Aquarium.

2021 Winners

Ocean and Me
Bronze SCUBA
Kalani Ono
Lakewood High School
Silver Señora Océano
Omar De Leon
Bonita High School, La Verne
Gold Our Friend, The Ocean
Katelyne Gonzalez
Whitney High School, Cerritos
Thriving in a Changing Climate
Bronze The Fight Against Climate Change
Lana Missios
Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Silver Ocean Life: Thriving in a Changing Climate
Liam Wright
San Marino High School
Gold Dreaming of the Deep
Darwin Melchiorre
Sage Oak High School, Redlands
Responsible Seafood
Silver Conservative Seafood
Dedrin Thompson
Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Gold Kelp California
Davey Schneider
Serrano High School, Wrightwood
Staff Picks
Alan Mai
El Modena High School, Orange
My Best Friend
Jack Irwin
Long Beach Polytechnic High School