State/Country: South Carolina
High School: James Island Charter HS
College Plans: College of Charleston
Major: Marine Biology and Math
Professional Plans: Fisheries Management
Interests: Camping, Movies, Music, Reading, Piano
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Tess Dooley of James Island Charter HS from Charleston, South Carolina, represented South Carolina as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Dooley 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.
Dooley said, “The hardest outdoor activity for me this summer was rock climbing, because I am very afraid of heights. Ben, a Staph* [a traditional spelling, for their infectious enthusiasm] member and some of my fellow delegates, helped encourage me to keep climbing, and as a result, I made it to the top.”
Dooley also included, “It is important to bring together similarly minded people to share their passion for science. NYSC really helped me to recognize that there are people who are as inspired by science as me. It also has helped to expose me to areas of science I never really considered.”
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Charleston, WV 25333-3387
Tess Dooley walks her South Carolina flag across the camp’s field during the flag ceremony, in which delegates from all fifty states are given an opportunity to carry and display their state’s banner during the morning of the Fourth of July.