Two Seniors Selected for National Youth Science Camp
OLYMPIA — June 2, 2015 — High school seniors Katherine Landoni and Alexandra Smerekanych will represent Washington state at the National Youth Science Camp this summer.
Landoni, of Sequim High School, and Smerekanych, of Newport High School, were selected earlier this month by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The students will attend the camp near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, June 17-July 11.
Landoni has received numerous Science, Technology, Engineering and Math awards and honors. She was selected to participate in the Germany for STEM Students Program, where she traveled to Germany and explored research institutions. She also was selected as a Washington state STEM delegate to travel to both San Jose, Calif., and Washington, D.C., to present research findings and compete in a National STEM competition. Landoni serves as her Science Fair Club President and plays on the varsity basketball team. She is enrolled in numerous AP courses.
Smerekanych participates in the Astronomy club and has participated in the Summer Science Program in Santa Barbara, Calif., which focused on determining the classical orbital elements of a chosen asteroid. She has consistently taken a rigorous course load, including 17 AP courses. In her spare time she serves as a parent-teen mediator and enjoys competitive swimming. She is an accomplished piano player.
Jessica Wang from Interlake High School and Nadezhda Kelson from Holy Names Academy were selected as runners up.
Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp is an annual summer forum. 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 scientists from across the United States who work on some of the most provocative topics in science today – topics such as fractal geometry, the human genome project, global climate change, the history of the universe, 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. Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest.
The National Youth Science Camp’s academic program is complemented by a recreation program, which leverages the Science 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 National Youth Science Foundation, based in Charleston, West Virginia, covers all expenses, including travel.
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