Monday, October 22, 2012

Georgia Aquarium Hosts Celebration for Carol Zhou
Dunwoody Elementary School Coastal American Art Contest Award

Last year, fifth grade student Carol Zhou from Dunwoody Elementary School, won 2nd place nationally in the Coastal America Art Contest. The contest was facilitated through a relationship with the Georgia Aquarium. Sixteen students-- ranging from kindergarten through college--were recognized as winners in the national contest to create artwork that best illustrated one of the seven essential principles of ocean literacy. The winning students were invited to Washington, DC to participate in a special awards ceremony and series of ocean celebratory events. Their artwork was on display in an exhibition at the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, the National Geographic Society, and The Smithsonian Institution during the 2012 Capitol Hill Ocean Week. These student artists represent thousands of students who created visually stunning artwork and photography, and wrote about the importance of our ocean as a part of the 2011-2012 Coastal America Student Ocean Art Contest. Carol Zhou was unable to attend the ceremonies in Washington D.C., so the Georgia Aquarium hosted their own celebration. In honor of the Georgia Aquarium's new interactive kiosk and display donated by Coastal America, Kim Morris-Zarneke, manager of educational programs at the aquarium, invited Zhou to accept her award from Coastal America and cut the ribbon in front of the new exhibit! Carol and her art teacher at Dunwoody Elementary School, Laura Fleury-Bell, also got a backstage tour of the Aquarium.

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