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City scholars chill out in Westmoreland

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

By Nathaniel Cline
Staff writer

On June 15, members of the Knauss Fellowship took the weekend from their work in Northern Virginia and in the District of Columbia to visit Lake Marshall (Hutt’s Pond) in Westmoreland County. As part of the National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, students are offered opportunities to further their education in the field of oceanic studies.
Clifford Hutt, a fellow with the group, said he was thrilled when offered the opportunity to break from the city and see one of the rural parts of Virginia.
“A bunch of us just wanted to get out and do something fun,” Clifford Hutt said.
The 1996 graduate of Washington & Lee has traveled around the nation for his studies. Most recently he was at working on his doctorate at Mississippi State before he was selected to join the fellows. A total of 49 students were selected this year.
“One of the things that attracted me to the fellowship was coming back closer to home and it was good opportunity to get experience with good federal agents,” Clifford Hutt said.
From cooking a pig to picking crabs, Hutt’s Family hosted the group at their camp site most often used by members of the Westmoreland Optimist Club for their annual Hooked On Fishing, Not on Drugs programs.
Janice Hutt, mother to Clifford, said she and her -lows that attended.
“We were honored to be in the company of such a delightful, accomplished group of young people from many of the states in our Nation,” Janice Hutt said.
Named after co-founder an former administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), John A. Knauss, the fellowship offers highly qualified graduate students a one year paid fellowship. For more information about the Knauss Fellowship, visit www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss