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For Immediate Release: March 21, 2007
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

High school seniors selected for 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.Va., this summer. Katelyn Adam, a student at Yankton High School, and Aaron Burns, a student at Lead-Deadwood High School, are the state’s representatives to the 2007 event.

During the camp, delegates exchange ideas with 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 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.

Christian Jensen, a student at Watertown High School, was selected as an alternate.

Dates of the 2007 National Youth Science Camp are June 27-July 23.