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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Katherine Michels

Katie Michels



High School:
Big Sky HS

College Plans: Middleburg College
Major: Environmental Studies
Professional Plans: Professor
Interests: Reading & Writing stories, poems, and essays.

Katherine Michels, a 2010 graduate of Big Sky HS from Missoula, Montana, was selected to represent Montana at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Michels 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 Michels, “My favorite experience of camp was kayaking. Camp has provided me the opportunity to try activities which I have wanted to do for a while and haven’t yet. I was glad to learn with others who I am so comfortable with.”  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, Michels said, “For quite some time now, I have been excited to pursue a career in the environmental sustainability field. Camp has reinforced that desire, while also emphasizing that interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary as we go together into the future.” Katherine Michels is planning to study Environmental Studies at Middleburg 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

Katherine Michels

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