Alexandra Neira

alexandra-neiraState/Country: Peru
Hometown: Arequipa
High School: IEP Maria Auxiliadora
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Hiking, Reading, Dancing, Listening to music

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Alexandra Neira of IEP Maria Auxiliadora from Arequipa, Peru, represented Peru as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Neira 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.

Neira said, “Mi experiencia en NYSC me hizo madurar, al vivir lejos de casa y descubrir la diversidad de culturas que existen. Me abrió los ojos hacia la inmensidad del mundo en el que vivimos y me dió ideas para cambiarlo. [My NYSC experience has helped me mature, being far from home, and be exposed to cultural diversity. It has opened my eyes as to the enormity of this world in which we live, and has sparked ideas within me as to how to best change it.]”

Neira also included, “Vivir lejos de mi familia ha sido difícil. Me hizo pensar en la importancia de mis padres a lo largo de mi vida, pero me ayudó a crecer como persona, a valorarlos mas. [Being far away from my family has been a challenge. The importance of my parents throughout my entire life has resonated within me now especially, but this experience has helped me mature and appreciate them more.]”

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

Alexandra Neira, an international delegate from Peru, speaks to all other 119 delegates during the Fourth of July celebration in Camp Allegheny, a Civil War battle site. Delegates were given the chance to speak to everyone in a reflection of the meaning and significance of patriotism and gratitude.