Mark McKenzie

brandon-mckenzieState/Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Hometown: Penal
High School: Shiva Boys’ Hindu College
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Chess, Gardening, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Traveling, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Brandon McKenzie of Shiva Boys’ Hindu College from Penal, Trinidad and Tobago, represented Trinidad and Tobago as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). McKenzie 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.

McKenzie said, “My biggest challenge this summer was traveling to a place far from my home country, and adapting to a new surrounding and climate. I guess I just learned from the other delegates how to adapt.”

McKenzie also included, “NYSC is important because it shapes the minds of students who are about to enter college by the lectures, directed studies, and seminars presented.”

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

Mark McKenzie, from Trinidad and Tobago, tests the waters in his kayak during a kayaking trip. Delegates get to experience West Virginia’s beautiful rivers and rapids in such outdoor activities.