CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Taylor Rogers of Bangor HS from Dixmont, Maine, represented Maine as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Rogers 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.
Rogers said, “Being here in West Virginia this month has made me so much more appreciative of everything I have, from my education, which has allowed me to be here and opened so many doors for me, to my parents and all the support they have given me.”
Rogers also included, “This summer I’ve been challenged in every way. I have been forced to expand my mind and to think about everything in a totally different way. I’ve also had to learn to let go and not always be completely in control and the surprises have definitely been worth it. I’ve also had to learn how to be tolerant and to branch out. All three of these things will be great assets in college.”
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Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
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Taylor Rogers, delegate from Maine, participates in a directed study alongside Sara Nix, the delegate from Oklahoma.