High School: East Anchorage HS
College Plans: University of Edinburgh
Major: Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
Professional Plans: Veterinarian
Interests: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Dog Training
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Rebecca Farr of East Anchorage HS from Anchorage, Alaska, represented Alaska as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Farr 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.
Farr said, “During the caving trip I was on, we got to a big cavern with a large mud slide, then sat at the top of the slide with our head lights off. The peace, and beauty of that experience of utter darkness will stay with me, I had never realized the tranquility that comes from being in utter darkness.”
Farr also included, “NYSC is important because the camp collects some of the nation’s top students and brings them together in a stimulating environment. Friendships made in this camp could be foundations for later research projects. Also, it exposes these advanced students to many disciplines and portions of the science profession, helping some discover their passion. Finally, it exposes many students to the great outdoors and the beauty of West Virginia.”
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
Rebecca Farr, a delegate from Alaska, smiles as she supports her climbing partner through her belaying. Although many delegates may be physically fit, there also must be a learning of proper technique for such activities as mountain biking and rock climbing. Delegates savor and consume the unique challenge with much the same intensity as they confront their academic endeavors.