Ashlynn Turner, a 2010 graduate of Edisto HS from Cope, South Carolina, was selected to represent South Carolina at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Turner 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 Turner, “Before camp, I believed that the outdoor adventures would not be a challenge to a girl who had handled three varsity sports throughout high school. I was proved wrong after climbing rocks around overhangs to heights around 80 feet; biking over mountains through mud bogs, rocks and creeks; or hiking 14 miles across rugged mountain terrain with a 50 lb backpack. The best feeling was making it to the top of one of the harder climbing courses after watching the boys fail before me. The teamwork used to complete those adventures created close knit relationships.” 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, Turner said, “I still plan to pursue my career as a veterinarian, but my time at the National Youth Science Camp has introduced me to many new ideas that may become options in the future for research or specialization opportunities.” Ashlynn Turner is planning to study Biology at Wolford 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.
National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax