Valezita Sanz

valeria-sanzState/Country: Bolivia
Hometown: La Paz
High School: San Ignacio HS
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Undeclared
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Camping, Gardening, Movies, Music, Sports, Traveling, Video

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Valeria Sanz of San Ignacio HS from La Paz, Bolivia, represented Bolivia as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Sanz 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.

Sanz said, “Creo que lo que mas voy a recordar de este campamento será la mezcla de culturas y hábitos que cada uno tiene, estilos de vida, diferentes tipos de habla entre español e ingles. [I will always remember the mixture of cultures and idiosyncrasies of each, lifestyles, and differences in language between Spanish and English.]”

Sanz also included, “Creo que NYSC me ayudó a crecer como persona, a ser mas independiente, y a demostrar la gran cultura de mi país, a compartir mis cosas con personas que apenas conocí pero lo más importante es que me ayudó a tener confianza en mi misma. [I think NYSC helped me mature as an individual, be more independent, show others the wonderful culture of my country, and share my things with people I barely knew. But the most important thing has been how NYSC has helped me instill in myself a sense of confidence.] ”

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

Collaborating with the delegate from Idaho, Valeria Sanz, one of the delegates from Bolivia, works through an origami and mathematics directed study.