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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Chelsea Maher

Chelsea Maher



High School:
Winfield City High School

College Plans: Auburn University
Major: Pre-Med, Chemical Engineering
Professional Plans: Surgeon or Anesthesiologist
Interests: Movies, Music, Reading, Dancing, Kickboxing

Chelsea Maher, a 2010 graduate of Winfield City High School from Winfield, Alabama, was selected to represent Alabama at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Maher 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 Maher, “My time at camp has definitely enhanced my interest in the medical field. I have been informed on how much the medical field has to change and grow, and I want to be part of it.”  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, Maher said, “The outdoor program has given me a chance to gain some new found respect for nature and its beauty, and has allowed me to build new relationships with others.” Chelsea Maher is planning to study Pre-Med, Chemical Engineering at Auburn 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

Chelsea Maher

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