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Two Selected for National Youth Science Camp

OLYMPIA — March 4, 2011 — Two high school seniors, Fabiola Arroyo, of Sultan High School in Sultan, and Forrest Ireland, of North Central High School in Spokane, have been selected to represent Washington State at the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) this summer.

At the invitation of W. Va. Gov. Joe Manchin III, they will participate as delegates in the 48th year of the NYSC, being held in Charleston, W. Va., June 30 – July 24.

Two high school seniors were also selected as alternates: Erin Hunt, Kentlake High School in Kent; and Kira Miller, Kent-Meridian High School in Kent.

Arroyo has participated in a program at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute for a two week BioQuest Academy as a temporary Biomedical Technician. She is her high school’s varsity soccer captain and participates in her high school’s marching band. She has completed AP Biology, AP English Language.

Ireland is currently conducting a bison genetic research study, which will be presented to the National Bison Association this summer. He participates in his high school’s knowledge bowl, honor society, science bowl team, and is their third chair, first violin, in advanced orchestra. He is involved Boy Scouts of America. He has completed AP Biology, World and U.S. History, English Language and Composition. He is currently taking AP Physics, BC Calculus, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, and European History.

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.

Academics are complemented by outdoor recreation in the Monongahela National Forest. Recreation options include backpacking, caving, rock climbing, and mountain biking and kayaking.

The camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. Based in Charleston, W. Va., 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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