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Cabrillo Aquarium Takes Second

The Cabrillo High School Aquarium, one of 12 entries winning finalist ranking in a national competition, won a second-place prize of $5,000, a CHS official said today.

The contest was A Pledge and a Promise Environmental Awards, sponsored by the Education Department of Sea World/Anheuser Busch.

Cabrillo High aquarium advisor David Long knew his club had at least third place before Wednesday's judging. The category was for grades 9-12.

The huge aquarium features several tanks with a variety of sea life in an artificial environment, some even with wave action in the water. It is an on-going project developed and maintained by Long and his students on the Cabrillo campus.

Long and student Daniel Brooks were flown to Tampa Bay, Fla., for the awards presentation broadcast on CBS Wednesday night from Busch Gardens.

There will be 13 awards including first, second, and third place in each category. (Grades 6-8, 9-12, and college).

Third place wins $2,500, second place $5,000 and first place, $12,500. A grand award of $20,000 was made to the entry that excelled in creativity, innovation and positive environmental impact.