Anna Schilter

annabeth-schilterState/Country: Washington
Hometown: Silverlake
High School: Toutle Lake HS
College Plans: Eastern Washington University
Major: Journalism and Broadcasting
Professional Plans: Journalist or Broadcaster
Interests: Biking, Camping, Gardening, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Scrapbooking

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Anna Beth Schilter of Toutle Lake HS from Silverlake , Washington, represented Washington as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Schilter 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.

Schilter said, “My favorite part of camp was being able to meet all of the extraordinary lecturers and fellow students who came to camp. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience to be able to meet such a diverse number of students throughout the nation and all of the incredible experts in science related fields all in the same place.”

Schilter also included, “This summer I was challenged to got out of my comfort zone to try new things and meet new people while being separated from things that are common to me. Having to be responsible for myself and be away from my common routine challenged me and forced me to act more independently on my own than I have ever before.”

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

Anna Schilter, of Washington, looks back at her fellow delegates as she enjoys conquering the challenge of the rockface presented to her in a rock climbing trip.