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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Peyton Moss

Peyton Moss



High School:
South Lamar HS

College Plans: University of Alabama
Major: Chemistry
Professional Plans: veterinarian or pharmacist
Interests: Cards, Music, Reading, Sports, Video games, poetry

Peyton Moss, a 2010 graduate of South Lamar HS from Millport, Alabama, was selected to represent Alabama at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Moss 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 Moss, “My best experience has been meeting all the delegates, especially the few I have become very close to. I feel as if I’ve known these people forever, and I will always look back and say the people here made the camp experience awesome.”  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, Moss said, “While my love is chemistry and there wasn’t as many chemical-related activities, camp has helped me to realize that I have and interest in genetics as well. It has also strengthened my interest in physics.” Peyton Moss is planning to study Chemistry at University of Alabama 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

Peyton Moss

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