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Her excellent summer adventure

July 24, 2002

Molly Shore

Burbank High School senior Kelsey Browne will have many

interesting stories and photos to share with friends when she returns

to school in September.

Kelsey, 17, is one of 76 high school students nationwide selected

to participate in Earthwatch Institute's 2002 Student Challenge

Awards Program.

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"I'm going to study the endemic fishes of Cuatro Cienegas,

Mexico," Kelsey said before she left July 13 for the two-week

program.

She joined eight other students assigned to the expedition of Dean

Hendrickson from the University of Texas and Mexican educator

Francisco Garcia de Leon.

Kelsey spends two to three hours a day in 70- to 98-degree water

where she snorkels and does shallow skin diving as part of her

research, which includes tagging fish and observing trends in their

population.

"I've been snorkeling before, so to do two weeks in Mexico is

great," she said.

The students' accom- modations aren't exactly Club Med.

They are staying in a house with no electricity, little running

water and only one shower.

Primitive conditions aside, Kelsey is excited to learn about the

area's local customs and traditions.

When she returns from Mexico, Kelsey will spend one day at home

before jetting off again.

She will go to Rohnert Park, north of San Francisco, where she

will participate in the California Junior Miss pageant.

Kelsey is one of eight Los Angeles County Junior Miss contestants

competing for the state title and the scholarship money that goes

with it.

To qualify, Kelsey said she had to raise $500, money given to her

by Noon Kiwanis, Kiwanis For Fun Club, Woman's Club of Burbank, and

the Foothill Civitan Club of Burbank.

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