True Haynes

matthew-haynesState/Country: District of Columbia
Hometown: Washington
High School: School Without Walls Senior HS
College Plans: University of Maryland
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Engineer
Interests: Biking, Camping, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Matthew Haynes of School Without Walls Senior HS from Washington, District of Columbia, represented District of Columbia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Haynes 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.

Haynes said, “My favorite outdoor activity was caving because I love to explore and discover new things.”

Haynes also included, “NYSC has forced me to hang out with people that I normally wouldn’t have, which has forced me to adapt.”

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

Matthew True Haynes, a delegate from the District of Columbia, participates in a cardiology directed study whose highlight included a cow heart dissection. Many of the directed studies have a strong academic theme supported by a hands-on activity such as this.