High School: Big Sky High School
College Plans: University of Montana
Professional Plans: Researcher
Interests: Cards, Chess, Gardening, Hiking, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, VideoBlogging, YouTube
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Michelle Nemetchek of Big Sky High School from Missoula, Montana, represented Montana as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Nemetchek 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.
Nemetchek said, “My favorite outdoor activity was definitely caving. Living above the surface of the earth limits normal human movement to basically two dimensions. Even then, it is remarkable how immensely we depend on our eyesight.”
Nemetchek also included, “My NYSC experience has made me much more hopeful for tomorrow’s future. The students here are unstoppable. No matter what they want to become, they will achieve it. This camp consists of a hundred and twenty leaders of this generation. Be ready, world. Here are your innovators, your progressives, and your beloved friends.”
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
Michelle Nemetchek of Montana sits behind the joystick in control of Dr. Earl Scime’s robot during a directed study.