Adryan Flores

karladryan-floresState/Country: Virginia
Hometown: Lynchburg
High School: E.C. Glass HS
College Plans: College of William and Mary
Major: Neuroscience
Professional Plans: Medicine
Interests: Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Sports, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Karl Adryan Flores of E.C. Glass HS from Lynchburg, Virginia, represented Virginia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Flores 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.

Flores said, “My favorite outdoor activity had to be rock climbing. There is an unnatural quality to hanging off of a fifty foot rockface that incites an unbelievable rush of excitement. I also enjoyed the physical challenge that is perfectly entwined with a purely mental capacity. This combination of skill, physical ability, and mental stamina makes rock climbing the perfect outdoor activity.”

Flores also included, “I think the NYSC is important because it inspires kids before going to college. The kids who go to camp include some of the brightest in the country. However, no matter how bright one is, it is easy to get complacent and bored with ‘science’ as it was drilled into us in high school. This camp really helped me to rekindle my excitement for science and become excited for the future not only in college but after—hopefully changing the world.”

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

One of the Virginia delegates, Adryan Flores, solemnly and proudly carries his state’s flag during the camp’s Fourth of July celebration.