PEOPLE: Park Service digs this archaeologist

• Greg Burtchard is retired, but his work at Mount Rainier National Park as a cultural resource specialist/archaeologist isn't forgotten.
Burtchard recently received the National Park Service's Cotter Award for Professional Achievement. The honor is for archaeologists who excel in scientific research, community involvement, and public education.  
Burtchard, a 17-year veteran of the Park Service, was active in disseminating archaeological research results, as well as developing and maintaining partnerships with universities and federal agencies. He also expanded interaction and collaboration between Mount Rainer National Park and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, the Squaxin Island Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.
The Cotter Award is named for John L. Cotter (1911-99), who was best known for his work at Jamestown, Va. and his contributions to the development of historical archaeology. Nominations for the award are peer-submitted and voted on by a committee of five National Park Service archeologists.

• Sarah Hull and Aleah Haugen know how to take a good picture.
Hull, a Graham resident, and Haugen, who is from Eatonville,  were award winners in Pierce County Library System’s 21st annual Our Own Expressions teen writing and art contest. Both finished third in the photography category – Hull in the 11th and 12th-grade division, and Haugen among ninth and 10th-graders. Entries were judged on composition, skill and creativity.
More than 900 teenagers countywide participated in the contest. Along with photography, categories included poetry, short stories, and drawings.

• Students at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. who were named to the dean's list during the spring 2017 semester include Emily Bahr, who's from Roy. The honor requires a grade point average of at least 3.5


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