CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Michael Seggebruch of Jensen Beach HS from Jensen Beach, Florida, represented Florida as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Seggebruch 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.
Seggebruch said, “My NYSC experience has opened me to a community of avid learners and a lifestyle of challenging oneself and appreciating nature and the arts in which I find great fulfillment and would like to emulate.”
Seggebruch also included, “This summer, I was challenged to take a leap of faith and attend the National Youth Science Camp. While I was offered other opportunities in which the benefits and experiences that I would have were known, the NYSC was a complete mystery to me. In the end, I chose the NYSC, and it was definitely the right choice.”
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Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Michael Seggebruch, one of the Florida delegates, takes a hammer to destroy an object wrapped inside a towel while fellow delegates watch from a safer distance. An unusual but intriguing directed study, Dr. Mac Louthan taught delegates valuable life lessons on success and failure using the model of failure analysis from an engineering perspective.