Marie Goerger

marie-goergerState/Country: North Dakota
Hometown: Wyndmere
High School: Wyndmere HS
College Plans: Stanford University or Dartmouth College
Major: Biology
Professional Plans: Professor
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports, Traveling

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Marie Goerger of Wyndmere HS from Wyndmere, North Dakota, represented North Dakota as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Goerger joined 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eleven other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year. The NYSC, located in the beautiful and rustic setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.

Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, Directed Studies provided extensive hands-on experiences in specific fields. Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.

In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.

Goerger said, “I was challenged physically—mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, and hiking. I overcame those challenges by focusing on the tasks and believing that I could do it. I also had to trust myself. I was challenged mentally—learning new things, understanding new concepts. Again, I had to focus and ask questions. I was challenged emotionally—being away from home and family, meeting new people, having my beliefs challenged. I had to find the strength to just be happy where I am, and live in the moment.”

Goerger also included, “NYSC is important because it helps students learn. Of course they learn about science but they also learn about themselves, their beliefs, their strengths, their peers, and their environment.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Marie Goerger, from North Dakota, searches for crawdads in a West Virginia creek during an overnight hiking trip. Outdoor trips not only expose delegates to West Virginia’s vibrant and varied environment, but also instill an appreciation for nature they might not have experienced previous to NYSC.