Johan Alvarado

johan-alvaradoState/Country: Costa Rica
Hometown: Alajuela
High School: Colegio Científico de Alajuela
College Plans: Universidad de Costa Rica
Major: Microbiology and Clinic Chemistry
Professional Plans: Researcher
Interests: Movies, Reading, Traveling, Dancing, Listening to music

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Johan Alvarado of Colegio Científico de Alajuela from Alajuela, Costa Rica, represented Costa Rica as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Alvarado 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.

Alvarado said, “My NYSC experience has made me think in a different way–now I feel that I am more broad-minded and I esteem even more my country, my culture, and my family.”

Alvarado also included, “This summer I was challenged by the directed studies because they are awesome and give me the opportunity to know more about topics that I had never been interested in; now those subjects are amazing to me.”

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

Johan Alvarado, a delegate from Costa Rica, prepares to enter the river for a relaxing swim following a kayaking trip.