Emily Hernandez

emily-hernandezState/Country: Tennessee
Hometown: Germantown
High School: Germantown HS
College Plans: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering
Professional Plans: Engineer

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Emily Hernandez of Germantown HS from Germantown, Tennessee, represented Tennessee as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Hernandez 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.

Hernandez said, “Climbing was the most challenging outdoor activity for me. Since I’m afraid of heights, I didn’t think I would be able to overcome my fear and make it to the top–especially since it rained the day of the climb. Thanks to the patience and encouragement from my climbing partner and the other delegates, I managed to complete both climbs.”

Hernandez also included, “I was challenged to spend more time outdoors than I ever do at home. I never thought I would be able to hike ten miles with a heavy backpack or kayak down a river with rapids. I was also challenged academically by topics that were confusing for me. The way I got past all these challenges was to just immerse myself in a completely new lifestyle and find ways to make it fun.”

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.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
pi@nysf.com, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Emily Hernandez, from Tennessee, peers into the intricacies of a circuit board alongside Suman Gunasekaran, a delegate from Wisconsin. This directed study had students work hands-on with radios and radio components to learn how and why they work.