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Delaware Water Gap park ranger earns national recognition

BUSHKILL, Pa. - Michelle Schonzeit, a park ranger in the Resource Protection and Visitor Management Division of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Harry Yount Award for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service (NPS).

This award is given annually to the ranger who most exemplifies outstanding attributes in the field of rangering. It is one of the highest honors a ranger can receive.

"We are all extremely proud of Ranger Schonzeit and her accomplishments. She is a highly valued member of our team and is very deserving of this honor. Everything she does to serve the American public is in the highest tradition of the NPS," said Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue.

The award is named after Harry Yount, who is generally recognized as the first National Park Service ranger. It recognizes and honors outstanding rangers, encourages high standards of performance, fosters positive attitudes toward public service, enhances the public's appreciation of the park ranger profession, and furthers the art and science of rangering.

The award will be presented to Schonzeit by Northeast Deputy Regional Director Gay Vietzke at a ceremony in the park on March 24.

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