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August 25,2008
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Linnea Borden (Falmouth, Mass.)

Linnea Borden cleans the seal pool
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Linnea Borden cleans the seal pool, one of many aspects of operating an aquarium. (Credit: Woods Hole Science Aquarium/NOAA)
Borden (left) and fellow career seminar student Joe Donohoe of Utah on a collecting trip at Falmouth's Woodneck Beach. (Credit: Woods Hole Science Aquarium/NOAA)
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Feeding fish and cleaning tanks are nothing new for Linnea Borden of Falmouth, Mass., who has plenty of experience doing both.

Borden is entering her junior year at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in nearby Bourne in the environmental science and technology program. She has been breeding zebrafish in one of her high school classes and helps care for the 119-acre Lyman Reserve in Bourne, where she removes invasive species and performs water quality testing as part of another course.

Over the summer she has cared for some of the zebrafish from school in an aquarium at home, so feeding fish each day at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium was a familiar task.

Borden says learning about aquaculture, maintaining tanks and running an aquarium will be helpful when her classes begin in a few weeks.  She is an honors student, has OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) certification earned through a school course, and is a member of the Key Club at Falmouth High School.

Borden has volunteered at a number of community events, including the St. Barnabas Church Strawberry Festival, Falmouth Road Race and Cape Cod Marathon. She participated this summer in the Relay for Life walk to raise money for cancer research, walking in honor of her grandmother who died earlier this year from lung cancer.

“It was a great opportunity to see how an aquarium operation works, and to learn about all the career opportunities in marine science,” she said of her summer experience. “The program was even better than I expected, especially being able to visit other zoos and aquaria and see how they care for and work with  terrestrial and marine animals, and to go on collecting trips.”

Borden plans to attend a four-year college to major in environmental science or environmental forensics.

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