June 15, 2011 Edition

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Joshua Shaw (center), a Hillcrest High School student, receives a 2011 Young Naturalist Award, during a recent ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Presenting the certificate is (left) Paula Davis, president of the Alcoa Foundation, and Christopher Raxworthy, associate curator in the museum's Department of Herpetology and associate dean of science for education and exhibitions.

Shaw receives national honor

Josh Shaw, a rising senior at Hillcrest High School, was one of 12 student scientists to receive 2011 Young Naturalist Awards. Shaw is the son of Leonard and Yota Shaw of Strawberry.

The nationwide science-based research competitions for students in seventh through 12th grades is coordinated by the American Museum of Natural History and funded by the Alcoa Foundation.

Winners were recognized at an awards luncheon on May 27 at the museum in New York and received cash awards up to $2,500 each.

Shaw was recognized for his research concerning fecal contamination in the Strawberry River.

"The Young Naturalist Awards are a superb example of students using the scientific process to engage in creative and original investigations of the world around them," Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, said. "We are proud to help foster a love of science and nature in all the participants and especially the terrific winners, whom we congratulate for their truly exceptional work."

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