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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Alexander Gandzyura

Alexander Gandzyura


Orange Park

High School:
Ridgeview High School

College Plans: Sierra Nevada College
Major: biology & computer science
Professional Plans: CIA,FBI or NSA agent
Interests: Chess, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling,

Alexander Gandzyura, a 2010 graduate of Ridgeview High School from Orange Park, Florida, was selected to represent Florida at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Gandzyura joined 109 other top high school graduates representing the United States as well as students from nine other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 46th year. The camp, 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, eminent scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: Global Warming, Genomic Medicine, Radio Astronomy, and Energy Sustainability. Throughout camp, a Directed Study series provided extensive “hands-on” experiences in specific fields. According to Gandzyura, “During “The Code Book” directed study I learned about the history of cryptography and old cyphers that have been used through history. It gave me a new idea of using a hybrid system that can be incorporated together with new modern ones.”  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 also explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates may choose from an array of afternoon seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion and culture. Regarding these experiences, Gandzyura said, “I enjoyed meeting delegates from all over the world. It helped me to share ideas and different cultural experiences.” Alexander Gandzyura is planning to study biology & computer science at Sierra Nevada College this fall.

Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation make it possible for all delegates to attend NYSC free of charge, including round-trip transportation.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew N. Blackwood, Ed.D.
Executive Director

National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax

Alexander Gandzyura

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