Zach Pennington

zachary-penningtonState/Country: Michigan
Hometown: Midland
High School: Midland HS
College Plans: Johns Hopkins University
Major: Neuroscience
Professional Plans: Physician
Interests: Biking, Cards, Reading, Running, Sports

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Zachary Pennington of Midland HS from Midland, Michigan, represented Michigan as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Pennington 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.

Pennington said, “It has been nice to meet other motivated individuals like myself, and I will try to keep some of the friends I have made for the rest of my life. I was also able to meet someone who is attending the same university as me.”

Pennington also included, “NYSC is important for allowing like-minded, intellectual, driven individuals to meet one another and to be exposed to a broad range of academic topics.”

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

Hailing from Michigan, Zachary Pennington concentrates on leading part of an arm dissection during a directed study exploring the intricacies and beauty of human arm anatomy. Many students, such as Zach, already have a strong interest in surgery or medicine in general, and these directed studies present them with learning and observation opportunities previously unattainable at the high school level.