High School: Mississippi School for Math and Science
College Plans: Washington University
Major: Biological Sciences
Professional Plans: Medical Researcher
Interests: Gardening, Hiking, Music, Reading, Running, Traveling, DIY projects
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Anna Liang of Mississippi School for Math and Science from Boyle, Mississippi, represented Mississippi as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Liang 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.
Liang said, “My favorite lecture was by Mr. Dave Masunaga, since he was the first person to make math interesting for me. Mr. Masunaga made me feel that math was more than just a dry means to get an answer, that it was something alive almost. Mr. Masunaga also made me consider teaching in the future since he himself is a wonderful teacher. He made me really think about how many lives I could touch or change for the better.”
Liang also included, “I have been mentally and physically challenged by coming to NYSC. Mentally, NYSC has showed me that there are so many problems, but we have amazing people to solve them. Physically, NYSC showed me that I, a continuous klutz, could be good at kayaking, rock climbing, and even leading people on a twelve mile hike.”
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
Anna Liang, hailing from Mississippi, enjoys the challenge a rockface presents. Many delegates engage in such outdoor activities such as rock climbing for the first time, activities which challenge both their bodies physically and minds mentally–not only must they learn techniques, but also learn to instill in themselves a new brand of self-confidence to reach the summit of the climb.