Katelyn Ford

katelyn-fordState/Country: Kansas
Hometown: Topeka
High School: Seaman HS
College Plans: Kansas State University
Major: Industrial Engineering
Professional Plans: Engineering and Productions Management
Interests: Camping, Movies, Reading, Sports

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Katelyn Ford of Seaman HS from Topeka, Kansas, represented Kansas as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Ford 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.

Ford said, “Mountain biking was an activity I found challenging but very rewarding. I biked up a trail which was uphill the entire way. I was tired and short of breath but kept pedaling due to the promise of a fresh drinking spring at the top of the ride. I felt extremely accomplished when I took that first drink of water.”

Ford also included, “My favorite part of camp has been the sense of community created by the Staph [a traditional spelling] and all the delegates. We come from all across the country and the world, but I feel right at home. Everyone is friendly and never afraid to say hello to a new face.”

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

Katelyn Ford, a proud Kansan, concentrates on her descent during rock climbing. Delegates get the chance to try a variety of outdoor sports, including climbing, in many of the available activities in West Virginia.