Alexandria Wholey

alexandria-wholeyState/Country: Rhode Island
Hometown: North Smithfield
High School: North Smithfield HS
College Plans: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Major: Engineering
Professional Plans: Undecided

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Alexandria Wholey of North Smithfield HS from North Smithfield, Rhode Island, represented Rhode Island as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Wholey 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.

Wholey said, “The hardest outdoor activity was mountain biking. It required a lot of muscles I don’t normally use, which made it physically draining. To get through it, I was using my mindset from cross country–taking it bit by bit, target destinations along the way, and remembering once I’m done I’m done. Plus the views were pretty.”

Wholey also included, “One memory from NYSC I will always have is how different and better this camp was than the expectations that I had for it. I had a lot of fun with all of the different activities. Everyone was so nice–Staph* [a traditional spelling, for their infectious enthusiasm], delegates, and guests.”

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

Alexandria Wholey, the only Rhode Island delegate this year, enjoys the camp’s Fourth of July celebration at Camp Allegheny, a Civil War battlefield.