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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Taylor Runyan

Taylor Runyan



High School:
Atoka HS

College Plans: Murray State College or Oklahoma State University
Major: Pre-Med or Sports Medicine/Physician Assistant
Professional Plans: Work with Justin Sports Medicine Team - PBR - PRCA
Interests: Ride Horses, Swimming, Visit with Friends & Family, Hunting & Fishing

Taylor Runyan, a 2010 graduate of Atoka HS from Lane, Oklahoma, was selected to represent Oklahoma at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Runyan 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 Runyan, “The outdoor programs have been a blast. I have learned a lot of fun things that I can use later on down the road. Also the relationships that I have made are irreplaceable.”  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, Runyan said, “My time at the camp has definitely made me want to push myself in medicine and health and do more with my life.” Taylor Runyan is planning to study Pre-Med or Sports Medicine/Physician Assistant at Murray State College or Oklahoma State 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

Taylor Runyan

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