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COMMUNITY NEWS GRANADA HILLS TEEN IS CHOSEN FOR RUSSIA VISIT.

Amanda Kincaid, 15, of Granada Hills has been chosen as one of 77 students nationwide to attend the second Global Youth Forum Humanitarian Conference in Russia this week.

Kincaid has been involved in the People to People International cultural exchange program for two years, and in Russia will visit orphanages, children's hospitals and schools, and help clean the banks of the Volga River.

The trip follows three Russian students' visit last year to the forum in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, has appointed several Valley students to U.S. service academies.

``I admire these students' commitment to protecting our country at such a critical time in our nation's history,'' Schiff said. ``I was extremely proud to nominate these applicants and I know they'll be among the future leaders of our country.''

William B. McIlvaine III of Burbank was nominated to the Naval Academy. Pieter deJong Miller and Soo Ho Park of Burbank were nominated for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Mike Byung Wook Youn of Glendale was nominated for the Air Force Academy.

Keith Johnson of Sherman Oaks, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California's orthopaedic residency program, received four awards at the program's recent graduation ceremony.

Johnson received the USC Graduate Orthopaedic Society Basic Science Award, the USC Graduate Orthopaedic Society Herman C. Epstein Memorial Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence, the Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award and Chief Residents Awards and the Mark Grippi Memorial Award.

Johnson will start an orthopaedic fellowship with the Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group in August.

Seven local landscaping businesses were honored at the 47th annual Beautification Awards last month, sponsored by the San Fernando Valley chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association.

Carr Landscape Management of Northridge won the special-effects award; Oliver Holt Landscape of Northridge won the colorscape award; and Majestic Pools and Landscape of Northridge won the hardscape award and the President's Choice Award.

The F.H. Arklin Award for the project that best exhibited excellence in craftsmanship went to Gothic Landscaping of Valencia. The Excelsior Award for a first-year member exhibiting excellence in craftsmanship went to SLM Services of Simi Valley. The Bob Moore Memorial Award for the contractor whose work showed the best use of rock and boulders went to Mystic Water Gardens of Encino. And the Sweepstakes Award for the entry judged best in all categories went to Southern California Landscape of Mission Hills.
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