Michael Fratina

michael-fratinaState/Country: Maryland
Hometown: Frederick
High School: Frederick HS
College Plans: Hood College
Major: Biochemistry and Philosophy
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Hiking, Reading, Running

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Michael Fratina of Frederick HS from Frederick, Maryland, represented Maryland as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Fratina 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.

Fratina said, “I enjoyed Dr. Mac Louthan’s lecture about the concept of failure in both physical and ethical senses; it helped remind the delegates of whatever choices we may make–whether scientific or not–and the ramifications of those decisions concerning our adherence to morality and self-evaluation.”

Fratina also included, “One of the camp’s most important aspects is its secrecy and spontaneity, encouraging delegates to live in the moment rather than in expectation. In our world of technology and predictability, it was somewhat jarring to make this transition, although I’m sure we all slowly realized that this lifestyle is much more preferable. ”

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.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
pi@nysf.com, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Michael Fratina, one of the delegates from Maryland, takes his time to examine a plant sample during a botany directed study.