Angela Zhang

angela-zhangState/Country: Missouri
Hometown: Columbia
High School: Rock Bridge Senior HS
College Plans: Carnegie Mellon University
Major: Computer Science
Professional Plans: Software Engineer
Interests: Biking, Cards, Chess, Crocheting, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Angela Zhang of Rock Bridge Senior HS from Columbia, Missouri, represented Missouri as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Zhang 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.

Zhang said, “Kayaking, without a doubt, was my favorite outdoor activity! I’ve never kayaked before at all, so whitewater kayaking for the first time was an absolutely amazing experience. It was fun and challenging to know that I had to rely on my own ability, but had assistance available if I needed it.”

Zhang also included, “My favorite part of camp was the people. I met so many new people here, who all have such diverse backgrounds and interests for the future. For example, I personally do not know much about physics. But the passion that shines through when a fellow delegate tells me about particles and printers, that light in his eyes–it makes me want to learn 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

Angela Zhang, delegate from Missouri, relaxes on a bench during a cool West Virginia afternoon before lunch. Free time is also emphasized at NYSC, for delegates to spend a portion of their time as they see fit, in order to take a break from the academic lectures and physical activities to reflect on their experiences or converse with their new friends.