William Fitch

william-fitchState/Country: Nevada
Hometown: Dayton
High School: Dayton HS
College Plans: Hillsdale College
Major: Biology
Professional Plans: Veterinarian
Interests: Chess, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, VideoScience

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – William Fitch of Dayton HS from Dayton, Nevada, represented Nevada as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Fitch 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.

Fitch said, “My favorite part of camp was the balance physical recreation and academic explorations. It was not all academics or all physical.”

Fitch also included, “My NYSC experience has humbled me in that it exposed me to a glimpse of the world and that I do not know as much as I thought I did.”

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.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development
pi@nysf.com, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

William Fitch, a Nevada delegate, searches for alpha particles in a cloud chamber during a seminar. Although NYSC is set in a rustic camp setting, delegates have access to great learning materials owned by the camp as well as brought by guest scientists and other professionals.