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Youth poets show work at aquarium

COAST CITIES — The poetry of three North County students will be among that of 47 California students on exhibit through Jan. 20 at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. The students are the winners of the 2013 California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for kindergarten-through-12th grade students, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission.First-grader Hugh Burnell received honorable mention for his poem “Hello, Ocean,” (inspired by North County author Pam Munoz-Ryan’s children’s book of the same name), as did Oceanside eighth-grader Hannah Prior for her poem, “Drowning,” and San Marcos sophomore Jordan Kaiser for “Monterey Bay.”

This exhibit at Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the final stop for the 2013 California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest, which has traveled to the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Ford House Museum in Mendocino, and the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center in Ventura.

The exhibit will be in the aquarium’s galleria and is included in the price of admission. The California Coastal Art & Poetry contest is held annually to encourage youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit of California’s beaches and ocean. Entries for the 2014 contest must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2014. More information about the may be found at Winning contest entries can be viewed at