Mary Torrez

marisol-torrezState/Country: Bolivia
Hometown: Sucre
High School: Sagrado Corazón
College Plans: Arizona State University or University of California (UCLA)
Major: Environmental Engineering
Professional Plans: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Interests: Camping, Gardening, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports, Traveling, Handicraft, pottery, painting, architectural models.

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Marisol Torrez of Sagrado Corazón from Sucre, Bolivia, represented Bolivia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Torrez 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.

Torrez said, “Lo que me encanta del NYSC es que cada día es una sorpresa, cada día aprendes algo nuevo y eso me gusta hacerlo, es como una pasión. Además que con el paso de los días conoces mas personas y tienes nuevos lazos de amistad. Simplemente no podría decir cual es mi parte favorita del NYSC, porque todo es lindo. [What I have enjoyed about NYSC is that each day is a surprise, each day you learn something new—I really like that approach to life, I am passionate about approaching life in that manner. Furthermore, with each passing day you have the opportunity to meet more people and form new bonds. I simply could not pinpoint my favorite aspect of NYSC, it has all been wonderful.]”

Torrez also included, “Creo que el reto mas grande es estar lejos de tu familia durante bastante tiempo, pero cuando ellos te apoyan y saben que es lo mejor para ti, nada es un reto. [I think the biggest challenge for me has been to be so far away from my family for so long, but when your family supports your endeavors and knows an experience will be beneficial to you, nothing is a challenge.]”

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

Marisol Torrez, a Bolivian delegate, carefully creases her origami during the origami and mathematics directed study led by Dr. Tom Fleming.