Shana Rose

shana-roseState/Country: Pennsylvania
Hometown: Reading
High School: Antietam-Middle Senior HS
College Plans: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Major: Environmental Sciences
Professional Plans: Environmental Research Scientist
Interests: Biking, Camping, Gardening, Hiking, Photography, Traveling, Singing, Irish Step Dancing

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Shana Rose of Antietam-Middle Senior HS from Reading, Pennsylvania, represented Pennsylvania as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Rose 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.

Rose said, “My favorite outdoor activity was caving because I have never done it before. Also, it is so beautiful seeing stalactites that are thousands of years old and still forming right in front of your face.”

Rose also included, “The NYSC is important because you need a place for young brilliant minds to come together and be surrounded by some of the best scientists, businessmen and women, and engineers of today’s world. Also before I ever heard bout camp I didn’t even know it existed. But once at the camp I realized this camp is a whole society—a culture onto itself and in that once you are a delegate you are a part of the NYSC family and you follow many wonderful, powerful, and inspiring brilliant minds.”

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

Shana Rose, from Pennsylvania, climbs over a fence after returning from a caving trip.

Photos by Claudia