Réna Hegyi

orsolya-hegyiState/Country: Kentucky
Hometown: Lexington
High School: Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
College Plans: Dartmouth College
Major: Environmental Studies, Geography, and International Relations
Professional Plans: Medicine
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Bollywood dancing, skating (inline and ice)

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Orsolya Hegyi of Paul Laurence Dunbar HS from Lexington, Kentucky, represented Kentucky as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Hegyi 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.

Hegyi said, “I’ve learned how to play ultimate frisbee, met some wonderful people, and learned what supreme bonding really means.”

Hegyi also included, “NYSC creates an opportunity for some of America’s brightest students to have a stellar time together and to meet leading scientists, engineers, technicians, educators, and other figures in modern science and technology.”

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

Réna Hegyi, a delegate from Kentucky, peers into a microscope, examining a slide containing a sample of a carnivorous plant for a directed study.