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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Diego Moreno

Diego Moreno



High School:
Nuestra Senora de la Luz

College Plans: Catolica University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Car Manufacturer
Interests: Sports, Reading

Diego Moreno, a 2010 graduate of Nuestra Senora de la Luz from Lima, Peru, was selected to represent Peru at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Moreno 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 Moreno, “There is a special trip that is still in my mind. North Forks Mountain is, without a doubt, the most challenging thing I have done. The 14-mile trip pushed me to my limit, but being able to do it is a great accomplishment.”  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, Moreno said, “A lecture that really impacted me was Allan Daly’s presentation about how he helped and still helps to repair and modernize a hospital in the Solomon Islands. It really makes me want to do something like that eventually.” Diego Moreno is planning to study Mechanical Engineering at Catolica 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

Diego Moreno

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