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Third District Juvenile Court Judge Merrill L. Hermansen has been selected to receive a national award for outstanding contributions in prevention of child abuse and neglect, the Utah court administrator's office says.

Hermansen was to be presented the national Administration for Children, Youth and Families Commissioner's Award at an April 28 ceremony during the National Symposium on Child Victimization in Anaheim, Calif.Hermansen has served on the Utah Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect for seven years, including two as chairman. He also is a member of the National Advisory Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.

The ACYF, an office in the Department of Health and Human Services, presents the award annually to an individual in each state whose "efforts to prevent child abuse are exceptional and whose spirit is an inspiration to others," said court administrator's spokeswoman Rosemary Gacnik.