High School: Lawrence Free State HS
College Plans: Princeton University
Professional Plans: Professor
Interests: Biking, Gardening, Hiking, Reading, Traveling
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Meixi Wang of Lawrence Free State HS from Lawrence, Kansas, represented Kansas as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Wang 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.
Wang said, “Climbing was the hardest outdoor activity for me–I perservered and believed in myself. A lot of the challenge is mental and if you believe, you can and will achieve.”
Wang also included, “I am so inspired by all of my NYSC peers and by the electrifying atmosphere that motivates me to reach further, push my boundaries, and always explore.”
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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National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Meixi Wang, a delegate from Kansas, listens contentedly to a delegate-led seminar. Delegate-led seminars not only allow students to practice the art of teaching, but also allow for them to learn about things their peers have been up to, and how they were able to achieve such projects.