High School: Sebastian River HS
College Plans: Duke University
Professional Plans: Neurosurgeon
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Movies, Reading, Sports
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Brooke Evans of Sebastian River HS from Sebastian, Florida, represented Florida as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Evans 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.
Evans said, “My favorite outdoor activity as of yet was mountain biking through the national forest. The exhilaration of flying down the hill with trees intertwining above your head is a priceless experience. Biking over rocky creeks and swerving through decaying tree trunks was a feeling I have never experienced.”
Evans also included, “My NYSC experience has affected my outlook on life. Here, everyone accepts your unique personality and your dedication to science. I think at camp I cemented my feelings about my future and my plans. I found others wanting to accomplish my same dreams and it makes me feel comfortable with my dreams.”
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.
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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Brooke Evans, a Florida delegate, takes the initiative to ready the stove to prepare dinner during an overnight camping trip. Delegates are taught how to filter water and similar camping skills, all under the theme of ‘leave no trace’, as in leaving no litter or excess traces of human presence in any hike.