Two Seniors Chosen to Attend Science Camp
OLYMPIA — March 8, 2012 — High school seniors Laura Kostad, of Orting High School, and Anna Schilter, of Toutle Lake High School, were selected earlier this month to represent Washington state at the National Youth Science Camp. The camp will be held at Camp Pocahontas, about two hours east of Charleston, W.Va., from June 27 to July 21.
Kostad has been named a President’s Scholar at Pacific Lutheran University and has received the 4.0 Academic Principal’s Award multiple times. She helped develop Orting High School’s “green club,” which focuses on encouraging sustainability and more environmentally thoughtful practices. She is on her high school’s track and field and cross country teams and participates in the knowledge bowl team and science club. She is currently taking AP Biology and Physics.
Schulter is Toutle Lake High School’s ASB President. She has been active in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and honor society. She has assisted with the rebuilding of trails near Mt. Saint Helens and has participated in her school’s hiking club.
Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp is an annual summer forum in which two delegates from each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds. Lectures and hands-on research projects are presented by U.S. scientists who work on topics such as fractal geometry, the human genome project, global climate change, the fate of our rain forests and robotics.
Delegates to the NYSC are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art and music with resident staff members. In addition, the academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program that takes advantage of the camp’s location in the Monongahela National Forest. The Science Camp’s outdoor program offers backpacking, caving, rock climbing, and mountain biking and kayaking.
The camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. Based in Charleston, W.Va., the foundation’s mission, according to its Web site, “is to honor, sustain, and encourage youth interest and excellence in science.” The foundation is covering all the students’ expenses, including travel.
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