High School: Villa Rica HS
College Plans: Mercer University
Major: Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Med
Professional Plans: Cardiologist
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports, Traveling, Video, Playing Alto saxophone, Bass guitar and Theater
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Thomas Hannah of Villa Rica HS from Carrollton, Georgia, represented Georgia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Hannah 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.
Hannah said, “The exposure to the different areas of science has broadened my horizons and made different science majors seem more practical.”
Hannah also included, “I was challenged by the amount and difficulty of the academics at the camp. I overcame this by sitting down and studying and reminding myself I can do it.”
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
Thomas Hannah, from Georgia, looks at a monitor as Dr. Earl Scime guides him through the concepts of his robotics and programming directed study.