Maia Plesent

maia-plesentState/Country: Vermont
Hometown: Wallingford
High School: Mill River Union HS
College Plans: American University
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Music, Photography, Traveling

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Maia Plesent of Mill River Union HS from Wallingford, Vermont, represented Vermont as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Plesent 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.

Plesent said, “My favorite part of camp was the chance to go on three different overnight outdoor trips. I went caving, rock climbing, and hiking, and these trips were a great way to take a break from lectures and directed studies. It was also nice to spend time with a small group rather than everyone at once.”

Plesent also included, “The NYSC is important because it brings together over a hundred young adults with very different backgrounds who are all passionate about learning. No matter how different we all may be, we will always have that in common.”

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

Maia Plesent, a delegate from Vermont, listens closely to a Staph* [a traditional spelling, for their infectious enthusiasm] member leading a seminar in the natural science building.