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National Geographic names scholarship winners

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The National Geographic Society has named Amelia Johnson, 21, of Owyhee, Nev. a recipient of the $5,000 Matthew Henson National Geographic Society Scholarships for Earth Conservation Corps graduates.

The program was founded in 1989 to give youths from troubled or violent backgrounds environmental education.

The scholarships are named in honor of Henson who accompanied Robert Peary on the 1909 expedition to the North Pole and are awarded to the conservation group's graduate that best exemplify the values of integrity, humility, courage, intellectual inquisitiveness and a desire to expand one's horizons.

Johnson graduated from the Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, S.D. and is currently a freshman at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. She served as a squad leader for the ECC's Salmon River Corps at Shoshone-Bannock in Idaho in 2001 and received accolades for her dedication, leadership and work ethic.

The other winner of a scholarship was Twan Wood, 26, of Washington, D.C. He was a participant in ECC's Eagle Corps program to provide protection of bald eagle habitats.