High School: Heritage HS
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Biochemistry or Molecular Biology
Professional Plans: Research Scientist
Interests: Biking, Camping, Chess, Hiking, ReadingStrategy/Role-Playing Games
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Bennett McIntosh of Heritage HS from Littleton, Colorado, represented Colorado as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). McIntosh 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.
McIntosh said, “I will never forget the primal beauty of West Virginia’s gorgeous forests.”
McIntosh also included, “My NYSC experience has certainly affected me. I am far less certain what path I will take through and after college–there are so many challenges and opportunities out there, and so many exciting ways to fill them. The one thing I’m always sure of is that I will never stop learning and challenging myself.”
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
Bennett McIntosh, the delegate from Colorado illuminated on the far right, works next to Amy, a Staph* [a traditional spelling, for their infectious enthusiasm] member. This directed study concentrated on exploring the properties of carnivorous plants and their juices. Students then were able to travel to the plant’s natural habitat here in West Virginia.