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THE BOSTON COMPANY SPONSORS STUDENT EXPLORATION; 10 INNER-CITY BOSTON HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS TO JOIN EARTHWATCH EXPEDITIONS

THE BOSTON COMPANY SPONSORS STUDENT EXPLORATION; 10 INNER-CITY BOSTON
 HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS TO JOIN EARTHWATCH EXPEDITIONS
 BOSTON, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boston Company announced today winners of its 1992 Student Challenge Awards essay competition. Ten inner-city Boston high-schoolers were named to join Earthwatch research expeditions around the world this summer.
 Judged on essays about leadership for the future, the winners will join various scientific projects which measure the impact of global change on different cultures and habitats. Earthwatch, an international sponsor of scholarly scientific research, currently underwrites 146 such expeditions in 25 states and 40 countries.
 "When The Boston Company and Earthwatch challenged Boston students to ponder their potential as future leaders, their essays were inspiring. Now we hope to inspire them to consider leading their peers into careers in the sciences," said George Carmany, chief administrative officer of The Boston Company.
 "Life is a great teacher," Carmany said. "These expeditions should give students from the city a unique opportunity to experience a vastly different slice of life while working with people who are making a difference in the struggle to save our fragile planet."
 Winning students will be presented their expedition journals by The Boston Company and Earthwatch at ceremonies to be held at the Boston Museum of Science. Each will spend two weeks this summer with an Earthwatch expedition involving a scientific subject in which the student has expressed specific interest.
 In March, The Boston Company hosted students from 22 Boston public and parochial high schools at the 11th annual Earthwatch conference at the Harvard University Science Center. There they saw slide presentations of ongoing Earthwatch expeditions and had the opportunity to meet professional biologists, anthropologists, volcanologists and other visiting scientists.
 "In 10 years, each of you will bear responsibilities far beyond what you imagine today," Earthwatch President Brian Rosborough told the students at the conference. "Your jobs, your families, indeed your own children, will look to you to solve perplexing problems left behind by my generation.
 "The solutions to those problems," he advised, "are not going to come to you by television. You must get up from your desk and experience life to fully understand its joys and complexity."
 Winners of The Boston Company Student Challenge Awards and their designated expeditions are:
 -- Julia Brookins, 15, grade 10, Boston Latin School -- Expedition to Tallahassee, Fla., studying the affects of groundwater pollution runoff on coastal water quality.
 -- Neva Duggan-Hicks, 15, grade 9, Madison Park High School -- Expedition to Tunisia, Africa, working on an excavation of the ancient city of Carthage.
 -- Tahira Lodge, 17, grade 11, East Boston High School -- Expedition to northern Italy surveying prehistoric rock art carvings.
 -- Shiovawn Manning, 15, grade 10, South Boston High School -- Expedition to Tunisia, Africa, working on an excavation of the ancient city of Carthage.
 -- Eric Mitchell, 16, grade 10, Boston Latin Academy -- Expedition to Borja, Spain, working on an excavation of an ancient Bronze Age Iberian village.
 -- Shannon Anne Mullen, 17, grade 10, Dorchester High School -- Expedition to Front Royal, Va., studying how Shenandoah Valley wildlife compete in their habitat.
 -- Dellicia Shorter, 16, grade 10, English High School -- Expedition to Lake Country, Minnesota, collaring timber wolves with radio monitors to track their movement patterns.
 -- Sandra Sierra, 16, grade 11, English High School -- Expedition to Poland monitoring and conducting a census of Carpathian wolves to study their impact on deer population.
 -- Sunny Tom, 16, grade 11, Boston Latin School, -- Expedition to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, studying lifestyles of the Caribbean Mongoose.
 -- Dave Walter, 16, grade 10, Cathedral High School -- Expedition to Poland monitoring and conducting a census of Carpathian wolves to study their impact on deer population.
 Earthwatch, an international institution headquartered in Watertown, Mass., sponsors scientific assessments of changing world conditions. Its mission is to improve understanding of the planet, the diversity of its inhabitants and the processes which affect the quality of life on Earth. Since its founding in 1971, Earthwatch has mobilized some 1,381 projects in 111 countries and 36 states with some 32,000 EarthCorps volunteers contributing more than $20 million and 2,715,264 hours of service.
 The Boston Company is an international financial services firm with more than $289 billion in client assets under custody and $30 billion in client assets under management. The Boston Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shearson-Lehman Brothers, Inc., an American Express company.
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 /CONTACT: James Larkin of the Boston Company, 617-722-7671, or Kara Bettigole of Earthwatch, 617-926-8200, or Dick Taffe of Nicolazzo & Associates, 617-227-4150/ CO: The Boston Company; Earthwatch ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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