Bill Hendricks

william-hendricksState/Country: South Dakota
Hometown: Rapid City
High School: Stevens HS
College Plans: Iowa State University
Major: Materials Engineering
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Hiking, Movies, Music, Reading, Sports, Video, weightlifting, tutoring, jazz improvisation

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – William Hendricks of Stevens HS from Rapid City, South Dakota, represented South Dakota as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Hendricks 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.

Hendricks said, “The hardest outdoor activity for me this summer was rock climbing. It was hard because you have to think of so many things while your body is being taxed. It is challenging to cling to a rockface with your arms while you are trying to find a place to put your feet. I got through the challenge just by being mentally tough and being determined to reach the top.”

Hendricks also included, “My NYSC experience has really opened my eyes to all the options that are available to me. Many of the presenters and lecturers at the camp have held several jobs that I think are very important throughout their careers. They start out as engineers, then become teachers, found companies, and even become astronauts. I want to do many of the same things, and before I went to this camp. I thought most scientists got one job and stuck with it, but this is not true.”

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

William Hendricks places his face and line of sight in the glow of the cloud chamber, a piece of equipment used to detect alpha particles, used during a directed study.