State/Country: New Mexico
Hometown: Silver City
High School: Silver HS
College Plans: New Mexico State University
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Camping, Chess, Crocheting, Hiking, Knitting, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Traveling, Art
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Meagan Moore of Silver HS from Silver City, New Mexico, represented New Mexico as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Moore 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.
Moore said, “The hardest outdoor activity would have to be mountain biking because it required a lot of endurance to finish the bike route, and being that I am out of shape, it was very difficult to pedal uphill. I just got through it by looking at the beautiful scenery rather than the pain and I also just kept going, never stopped, and did not let the challenge pass me by.”
Moore also included, “This summer I was challenged through the outdoor experiences. Many of the activities required me to step out of my comfort zone, and do things like crawling in dark small spaces as in caving and trusting others to keep me safe and learn to care for myself. I overcame these challenges by not letting my fears prevent me from experiencing new things and being brave, and I’m proud to say I succeeded.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit www.nysf.com. Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Meagan Moore, from New Mexico, expresses her joy and triumph over conquering a rockface during one of the climbing trips delegates were given the opportunity to join. Such physical challenges help instill a sense of self-confidence in delegates, as many times it will be their first time trying such strenuous activities.