Ryan Pinkalla

ryan-pinkallaState/Country: Minnesota
Hometown: Eagan
High School: Burnsville HS
College Plans: University of Wisconsin
Major: Wildlife Management
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Camping, Hiking, Sports, hunting, fishing

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Ryan Pinkalla of Burnsville HS from Eagan, Minnesota, represented Minnesota as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Pinkalla 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.

Pinkalla said, “Rock climbing was my favorite outdoor activity, it was both physically and mentally demanding and forced me to really push myself on the harder climbs.”

Pinkalla also included, “My NYSC experience has really shown me there isn’t a limit to where science can take my life and I should try it all to make a difference.”

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

Ryan Pinkalla, delegate from Minnesota, follows Dr. Emily Huang’s instruction as she demonstrates the mechanics of the human body. Biology and engineering were married in this directed study, drawing in from two different science fields.