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Student cares for nature preserve

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington Henry Clay High School student is drawing praise for his volunteer work at a nature preserve in central Kentucky.

Junior Ben Swanson is a steward at the Jim Beam Nature Preserve in Jessamine and Garrard counties. The 115-acre preserve is cared for by the Kentucky chapter of the Nature Conservancy, which usually chooses stewards who are closer to retirement age.

But volunteers tell the Lexington Herald-Leader they were impressed with Swanson's dedication and work ethic and chose him for the position after he spent last summer building a trail for the National Park Service in Denali National Park in Alaska.

Swanson's parents are professors at the University of Kentucky. He says he hopes to one day work in the field of international development in sub-Saharan Africa.

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