Criosanna Allred

criosanna-allredState/Country: South Carolina
Hometown: Spartanburg
High School: Spartanburg Day School
College Plans: Simmons College
Major: Biostatistics and Environmental Sciences and Sustainability
Professional Plans: Environmental Statistician

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Criosanna Allred of Spartanburg Day School from Spartanburg, South Carolina, represented South Carolina as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Allred 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.

Allred said, “The hardest outdoor activity for me was hiking when on the climbing trip because it was extremely hot and irritated both my asthma and my knee. I got through it by mentally preparing myself and knowing it would be worth the exertion.”

Allred also included, “My NYSC experience has made me realize that I am not the only person my age who finds doing research as intriguing and fun as I do and I feel like I might actually run into some of these people later in life and have made valuable contacts while at camp.”

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

Criosanna Allred, delegate from South Carolina, focuses on her origami in the art shack during a directed study that folded together concepts of origami and mathematics. Delegates choose from a series of directed studies on a myriad of subjects.