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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Haochen Hong

Chris Hong

New Mexico


High School:
La Cueva HS

College Plans: Yale University
Major: Economics or Computer Science
Professional Plans: Engineer
Interests: Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Sports, Video games,

Haochen Hong, a 2010 graduate of La Cueva HS from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was selected to represent New Mexico at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Hong 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 Hong, “While I had previously eliminated biology as a field of interest, the many fascinating and comprehensive lectures on medicine and biology related topics have made me reconsider biology and medicine as possible career and study paths.”  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, Hong said, “As a person who usually never takes a step back to appreciate nature, I believe the outdoor overnight trips have already instilled within me a newfound sense of awe and appreciation for the outdoors” Haochen Hong is planning to study Economics or Computer Science at Yale University 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

Haochen Hong

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