Kennan Lewis

kennan-lewisState/Country: Alabama
Hometown: Maplesville
High School: Isabella HS
College Plans: Marion Military Institute
Major: Engineering
Professional Plans: Engineer
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Movies, Music, Running, Sports, Traveling, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Kennan Lewis of Isabella HS from Maplesville, Alabama, represented Alabama as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Lewis 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.

Lewis said, “My NYSC experience has given me a great sense of people from different backgrounds, shown me different pathways that are available in my life, and has given me a great sense of pride that I could be part of something so close-knit and profound.”

Lewis also included, “NYSC is great for the future leaders in our country. A lot of people have gone on to do great things from this camp. I think they should keep this trend alive.”

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

Kennan Lewis, of Alabama, leans on the rockface he is about to climb in a rock climbing trip. Amount of muscle turns out not to be the landmark quality of a skilled climber. Rather, proper technique and determination separate those who make it to the summit from those who simply fail in the misguided attempt.