State/Country: New Hampshire
High School: Laconia HS
College Plans: University of New Hampshire
Major: Medical Laboratory Science
Professional Plans: Pharmacist
Interests: Biking, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Video
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Adam Cook of Laconia HS from Laconia, New Hampshire, represented New Hampshire as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Cook 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.
Cook said, “My favorite part of camp is being able to meet so many unique and diverse people from all across North and South America. I’m also glad I was able to become good friends with many of them.”
Cook also included, “The NYSC has taught me so much about different life skills and a bunch about different sciences. I’m not one hundred percent positive what I want to do with my life but the NYSC has provided me with more options than I had before.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit www.nysf.com. Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Adam Cook, a delegate from New Hampshire, smiles for the camera before he ventures on a mountain biking expedition through a lush West Virginia path during the biking overnight trip.