High School: Big Sky HS
College Plans: University of Montana
Major: Computer Science or Biological Sciences
Professional Plans: Researcher
Interests: Biking, Gardening, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Traveling, Walking; Web Design
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Kyle Brester of Big Sky HS from Missoula, Montana, represented Montana as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Brester 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.
Brester said, “My favorite part of camp was unplugging from the digital worlds we get caught up in and focusing on quality social skills and learning experiences.”
Brester also included, “I was challenged to come out of my comfort zone, by meeting people from across the nation and globe, and by living day to day, experiencing and enjoying things as they happen.”
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.
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Kyle Brester, one of the delegates from Montana, enjoys listening to a lecture while next to South Carolina’s delegate, Tess Dooley. Cross country networks building from friendships at camp and extending far after camp concludes are commonplace, and the reason for the current strong NYSC alumni community, forty-nine years in the making.