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Meet the 2017 Emerging Leaders


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Introducing the 2017 Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Recipients!

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Adriana Robles
Lewis S Eaton Trail
Fresno County, California

Alejandra Turcios

El Rosal, Cerro Verde Natural Park in El Salvador

Amanda Wheelock

Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Hot Springs, North Carolina

Annie Cohen

Compass Harbor
Acadia National Park, Maine

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Berhat ‘Onat’ Alan

Lycian Way
Olimpos/Antalya, Turkey

Caitlin Toner

AMI/Kirkham Trail
Pocatello, Idaho

Chris Rivera

Cerrar Alto Trail
Morro Bay, California

Dean Arnold

Coach Whip Trail
Thunderbird Park,
Glendale, Arizona

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Emily Wilkins

Arthur's Rock Trail
Lory State Park, Fort Collins, Colorado

Indie Lewis

Forest of Uco Trail
Phoenix, Arizona

Levi Ballard

Booth Creek Trail
Vail, Colorado

Montana Napier

Pacific Northwest Trail,
Deception Pass State Park
Anacortes, Washington

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Oliver Marzetti

Shivapuri National Park, just north of Kathmandu, Nepal

Seth Young

Polk County Recreation Complex Trail
Columbus, North Carolina

Stephanie Cantu

Tava Trail
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Toyya Mahoney

Springs Perverse Trail
Las Vegas, Nevada


The Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program for 2017 will bring 16 young adults to the International Trails Symposium. This year we have international scholarship recipients from Nepal, El Salvador, and Turkey.

At the Symposium, scholars will learn from experts, get practical experience with a service project, network with professionals, and take a step closer to a career in the trails world. Each Emerging Leader is also paired with a mentor who will help to understand their partner’s career ambitions, answer any questions and related concerns they might have, and to offer advice and connection opportunities.

A big thank you goes out to the major partners for the Emerging Leaders scholarship program, including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, Federal Highway Administration, and the Bureau of Land Management. And thank you to our exhibitors, attendees, and others who made generous donations as well!

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The Hulet Hornbeck Youth Scholarship Fund provides training and mentoring opportunities at the American Trails International Trails Symposium to inspire young adults to choose a career path so they too, can leave a lasting legacy on the world— as Hulet did. These youth, ages 20 to 25, attend the Symposium on scholarship to learn more about the profession of trails, trail planning, and trail management. These young men and women are from all over the United States and Canada.

One of our goals was to enable the youth to interact with Symposium participants and we thank the many attendees who took time to meet and talk with them about trails and careers!

For questions and more information

Please email symposium@americantrails.org if you have any questions on overall Emerging Leaders program or are interested in sponsoring or being a mentor for this program.




American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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