Carissa Kloncz

carissa-klonczState/Country: Minnesota
Hometown: Burnsville
High School: Burnsville HS
College Plans: University of Minnesota
Major: Chemical Engineering and Political Science
Professional Plans: Energy Technology Engineer
Interests: Biking, Gardening, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports, Research Biomass

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Carissa Kloncz of Burnsville HS from Burnsville, Minnesota, represented Minnesota as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Kloncz 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.

Kloncz said, “This summer I was mentally challenged by some of the presenters. Dr. Zoon Nguyen got us to look at simple things (like fractions) more closely and we discovered paradoxes. We had to open our minds and realize that we assume and therefore overlook important ideas and discoveries.”

Kloncz also included, “NYSC is important because it rewards high-achieving high school seniors with experiences that they would never get otherwise. The delegates get to interact with some of the most prominent people in the science field on a personal casual level.”

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

Carissa Kloncz, a delegate from Minnesota, introduces Dr. David Hackleman, one of the developers of the ink-jet printer. Delegates choose to present lecturers, and engage these professionals in conversation beforehand in preparation.