High School: Grove HS
College Plans: University of Central Oklahoma
Major: Speech Pathologist
Professional Plans: Speech Pathologist
Interests: Biking, Camping, Movies, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Sara Nix of Grove HS from Grove, Oklahoma, represented Oklahoma as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Nix 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.
Nix said, “My favorite outdoor activity was climbing. Heights is something that has been something of a handicap for me because of my fear of it. I was able to confront and conquer this fear in the company of people who encouraged me. So much fun.”
Nix also included, “This is the longest time I have been away from someone I grew up with. The challenge was not difficult to overcome. I feared that I would miss home and all of the people and things there and not be comfortable at NYSC. In a few short days, I found many people who were interesting and passionate. I found people who were going through the same thing I was. I found friends who were fun and I grew close to quickly. I found home in these people and this foreign place.”
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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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Sara Nix, an Oklahoma delegate, enjoys a large waffle cone treat during one of the out of camp experiences.