Hometown: Los Angeles
High School: Santa Monica HS
College Plans: Harvard
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Gardening, Hiking, Knitting, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Traveling, Video, Learning new languages
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Nhi Ho of Santa Monica HS from Los Angeles, California, represented California as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Ho 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.
Ho said, “Allan Daly’s lecture on his work in the Solomon Islands was my favorite lecture, because he shows that I should never turn my back on those in need.”
Ho also included, “This summer I was challenged to talk to new people every day. I consciously told myself to keep trying.”
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Nhi Ho, a delegate from California, attends a fun seminar on the art of scrapbooking. Seminars about art, music, dance, and the like serve as culturally rich great mental rests from the academically oriented directed studies and lectures.