State/Country: Costa Rica
Hometown: Bagaces, Guanacaste
High School: Colegio Científico Costarricense Sede Guanacaste
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Engineering in Material Science
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Reading, Traveling
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Jorge Sandoval of Colegio Científico Costarricense Sede Guanacaste from Bagaces, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, represented Costa Rica as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Sandoval 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.
Sandoval said, “Disfruté muchísimo caminar por hermosos paisajes en West Virginia, sobre todo porque son muy diferentes de donde yo vengo, y la compañía me ayudo’ disfrutarlo. [I thoroughly enjoyed hiking through the beautiful landscapes West Virginia has to offer, especially as they differ greatly from what am used to seeing at home. The company I shared this environment with added to my enjoyment.]”
Sandoval also included, “Puedo destacar que las personas con las que compartí me han mostrado que tan talentosos son, sus virtudes y todo su potencial, esto me ha movido a querer dar lo mejor de mí siempre y trabajar junto a ellos para cambiar al mundo y hacer la diferencia en las vidas de los demás, así como lo ha hecho conmigo esta maravillosa experiencia. [The people with whom I have shared this summer experience have demonstrated their talents, virtues, and all of their potential, which has motivated me to always offer my best and work alongside them to change the world and make a difference in others’ lives, as they have with me by way of this wonderful experience.]”
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Jorge Sandoval, one of the international delegates from Costa Rica, presents one of the guest lecturers to the entire crowd of 119 other NYSC delegates. International delegates are fully immersed in English with the other delegates, and confront the linguistic challenge without hesitation, as Jorge does here.