Nicolas Javier Mestres

nicolasjavier-mestresState/Country: Argentina
Hometown: Leandro N Alem, Misiones
High School: Normal Superior Nº 1 Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
College Plans: Universidad Nacional de Misiones (UNAM)
Major: Genetic Engineering
Professional Plans: Genetic Engineer
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Movies, Music, Photography, Running, Sports, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Nicolas Javier Mestres of Normal Superior Nº 1 Domingo Faustino Sarmiento from Leandro N Alem, Misiones, Argentina, represented Argentina as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Mestres 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.

Mestres said, “Something I will not forget is how friendly the other delegates have have been, which has helped me as I am so far from my family. [Algo que no me voy a olvidar es, la buena onda de los otros delegados que fue lo que ayuda a sobre llevar el hecho de que estoy tan lejos de mi familia.]”

Mestres also included, “NYSC is very important because it lets you get to know incredible people, learn about a diversity of topics, and get to know of other countries and cultures. But the most important would be the friends that flourish. [NYSC es muy importante, porque te permite conocer gente increíble, aprender un montón sobre diversos temas y conocer otro país, otras costumbres. Pero lo mas importante son las amistades que surgen.] ”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.


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

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

Nico Mestres, one of the delegates from Argentina, straps on his helmet before tackling the tree climb challenge, a sort of warm-up before climbing a rockface the next day. Directed studies are not limited to just academic concepts, but a variety of outdoor activities offered by West Virginia.