Lacey Chunilal

lacey-chunilalState/Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Hometown: St. Patrick
High School: Iere HS
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Cards, Movies, Music, ReadingAvid reader and writer( mainly prose) and I sing as a hobby.

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Lacey Chunilal of Iere HS from St. Patrick, Trinidad and Tobago, represented Trinidad and Tobago as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Chunilal 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.

Chunilal said, “My favorite part of the NYSC experience is undoubtedly being in an environment that simultaneously nourished the academic, adventurous and social sides of every person.”

Chunilal also included, “NYSC is an amazing experience, for many reasons. One of the greatest impacts, I believe, is it focused for those who are about to enter a new chapter in their lives. And being at such a crucial point between college and graduation, we are blessed with the legacy of this program—to appreciate each day and experience with an open mind and reminding us of the unpaved path to greatness every person has.”

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

Lacey Chunilal, from Trinidad and Tobago, is ready to select from a list of available hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, caving, and climbing trips.