High School: Catalina Foothills High School
College Plans: Northwestern University
Major: Cognitive Science
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, VideoStudying Japanese, singing, playing oboe and piccolo, making short films
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Eleanor Burgess of Catalina Foothills High School from Tucson, Arizona, represented Arizona as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Burgess 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.
Burgess said, “The biking day trip I went on was after a big storm had just passed through. Trees choked the path, and our Staph [a traditional spelling] members unsheathed a hatchet and axe to clear the path. Swinging the tool, I felt a surge of admiration for the settlers and railroad workers of old.”
Burgess also included, “After senior year, I was very tired. Science camp has reawakened my desire to learn more and more, especially about science. I feel myself opening up to everyone here at camp–delegates, Staph, and presenters. I am very happy all the time here, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my summer.”
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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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Ellie Burgess, from Arizona, tests the sensors on a robot during a robotics directed study.