Local girl chosen as member of National Geographic Kids team

Posted April 12, 2012 5:01 p.m. EDT

— Lena Hu of Chapel Hill was selected Thursday by National Geographic Kids as a member of the Hands-On-Explorer Challenge expedition team. Hu, 14, is one of 15 winners out of over 1,000 submissions.

The Hands-On-Explorer Challenge aims to inspire the next generation of National Geographic Explorers. Team members will travel to Montana in July with several National Geographic staff members. The group will explore the Missouri River, trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and participate in an archaeological dig for dinosaur bones.

Team members were selected based upon their submitted photos and essays that demonstrated a passion for exploration.