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For Immediate Release: March 13, 2006
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

High school seniors selected for prestigious National Youth Science Camp

Two high school seniors have been selected to represent South Dakota at the National Youth Science Camp in Green Bank, W.V., this summer. Erin Beisner, a student at Stevens High School in Rapid City, and Amber Jerke, a student at Madison High School, are the state’s representatives to the 2006 event.

During the camp, delegates exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from both academic and corporate worlds. Lectures and hands-on research projects are presented by scientists who work on some of the most provocative topics in science today, including the human genome project, global climate change, the fate of our rain forests, and robotics. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, arts and music. Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest.

The academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program, which takes advantage of the camp’s location in Monongahela National Forest.

The highly competitive application process seeks the state’s most promising young scientific leaders. The selection is based on grades, test scores, letters of recommendations, and the student’s overall demonstration of academic excellence and leadership.

The following South Dakota students were selected as alternates: Kristy Gonyer, Hill City High School; Amanda Kern, Groton High School; Nicole Orr, Elk Point High School; and Ryan Ziegler, Canton High School.

Dates of the 2006 National Youth Science Camp are June 25-July 16.