Arden Wells

arden-wellsState/Country: Louisiana
Hometown: Mandeville
High School: Fontainebleau HS
College Plans: University of Texas at Dallas
Major: Geosciences and Chemistry
Professional Plans: Professor
Interests: Biking, Hiking, Music, Reading, Traveling, Ultimate Frisbee

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Arden Wells of Fontainebleau HS from Mandeville, Louisiana, represented Louisiana as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Wells 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.

Wells said, “We don’t have many hills in Louisiana, so hiking with a huge backpack on was pretty challenging. I was so amazed by the mountains’ beauty and happy to be with such awesome people that it was worth it and fun.”

Wells also included, “I’ve been challenged to think about my future and the world’s future. I listened to the diverse lectures carefully and began thinking about challenging my plans for the future.”

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

Arden Wells, from Louisiana, listens closely to Dr. Brian Tucholke during his geology directed study as the group examines a series of outstretched maps and charts.