CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Heather Skovgard of Kuna HS from Kuna, Idaho, represented Idaho as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Skovgard 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.
Skovgard said, “My favorite outdoor activity was caving. I am very claustrophobic and I was very scared I wouldn’t be able to do it but as soon as we reached the first cavern I was relieved and amazed at the cave–it was magnificent and beautiful I would love to go again!”
Skovgard also included, “I have been greatly challenged to open up to people, around new people I am often shy and do not want to talk but coming here and not knowing anyone forced me to meet people and show them how even though we are different we can be equally interesting.”
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Heather Skovgard, from Idaho, marks her fellow delegates with numbers as she puts them in groups to participate in a mock Hunger Games series of fun challenges for her seminar.