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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Alexander Panger

Alex Panger

West Virginia


High School:
Capital HS

College Plans: West Virginia University
Major: Biochemistry
Professional Plans: Medicine
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Video games,

Alexander Panger, a 2010 graduate of Capital HS from Charleston, West Virginia, was selected to represent West Virginia at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Panger 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 Panger, “Dr. Louthan’s lecture about systematic failure made me realize that not all systems, even the best designed ones, are susceptible to catastrophe. I believe that this can be applied to all areas of science, specifically my focus of medicine.”  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, Panger said, “I have always loved the state of West Virginia, but coming out to this remote location has truly been breathtaking. the views are astounding and I am proud every day to live here.” Alexander Panger is planning to study Biochemistry at West Virginia 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

Alexander Panger

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