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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Anna Jensen

Anna Jensen


Steamboat Springs

High School:
Steamboat Springs HS

College Plans: Colorado State University
Major: Zoology
Professional Plans: Veterinarian
Interests: Snowboarding and Riding Horses

Anna Jensen, a 2010 graduate of Steamboat Springs HS from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was selected to represent Colorado at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Jensen 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 Jensen, “The greatest part of camp was being able to meet so many diverse and talented people. It is amazing how fast a community forms between 106 kids from so many different backgrounds. The only time I ever witnessed any disputes was while two sides were screaming at each other during the final word cup game.”  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, Jensen said, “The lecture given the first night at camp really left a mark on me. I will never be able to forget it. Allan Daly told a story about how a vacation to the Salomon Islands turned into him organizing a project to make a stable hospital for the area. It was incredibly inspirational.” Anna Jensen is planning to study Zoology at Colorado State 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

Anna Jensen

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