Two Seniors Selected as National Youth Science Camp Representatives
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Two Seniors Selected as National Youth Science Camp Representatives

OLYMPIA — February 26, 2010 — Two high school seniors, Prastuti Singh of Pullman High School, and Yasaman Azodi of Kentwood High School, have been selected to represent Washington at the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).

At the invitation of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III, the two Washington public school students will participate as delegates in the 47th year of the NYSC, being held in Charleston, WV this summer.

Four high school seniors were also selected as alternates: Mahlet Assefa, Health Science and Human Services School; Sarah Harvey, Kentwood High School; Nyka Tucker, Mount Vernon High School; and Hieu Le, Roosevelt High School.

Singh is the Palouse Discovery Center’s Planetarium Director, and is Science Bowl founder and assistant coach at Pullman Middle School. She also participates in her high school’s science bowl. She is currently taking Honors Linear Algebra and Modern Physics at Washington State University through Running Start.

Azodi is the president of Kentwood High School’s National Honor Society. She is the secretary/treasurer of the school’s environmental action club and is involved in various clubs and activities in her community. She has completed AP biology and chemistry and is currently taking AP calculus, psychology and literature at her high school.

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp is an annual summer forum in which two delegates from each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds. Lectures and hands-on research projects are presented by scientists from across the United States who work on some of the most provocative topics in science today – topics such as fractal geometry, the human genome project, global climate change, the history of the universe, the fate of our rain forests and robotics. Delegates to the NYSC are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest.

The National Youth Science Camp’s diverse academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program, which leverages the Science Camp’s location in the Monongahela National Forest. The Science Camp’s outdoor program offers backpacking, caving, rock climbing, and mountain biking and kayaking.

The camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. Based in Charleston, West Virginia, the foundation’s mission, according to its Web site, “is to honor, sustain, and encourage youth interest and excellence in science.” The foundation is covering all the students’ expenses, including travel.

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