Maranda Fordham

maranda-fordhamState/Country: Maryland
Hometown: St. Leonard
High School: Calvert HS
College Plans: University of Pennsylvania
Major: Chemistry
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Traveling

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Maranda Fordham of Calvert HS from St. Leonard, Maryland, represented Maryland as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Fordham 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.

Fordham said, “My favorite outdoor activity was rock climbing because it was challenging, but rewarding and lots of fun.”

Fordham also included, “NYSC is important for us to gain exposure to new subjects so we know what we want to study in the future. It’s also important for all of us to learn social and cooperation skills.”

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

Maranda Fordham, one of the delegates from Maryland, stands and listens next to an Arizona delegate to a behind-the-scenes tour guide of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. With such a convenient proximity to the nation’s capital, the NYSC delegates have a highlight three day trip to D.C. during the camp’s concluding week in which they visit many of the museums and monuments the city has to offer.