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Two Seniors Selected for National Youth Science Camp

OLYMPIA — June 14, 2016 — High school seniors Jaden Moon and Isabelle Hua will represent Washington state at the National Youth Science Camp this summer.

Jaden, of West Valley High School in Yakima, and Isabelle, of Interlake High School in Bellevue, were selected earlier by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The students will attend the camp near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, June 15-July 10.

Jaden has been involved in honors science courses offered at his high school. He is a part of the Ecology Club at school and a member of E3 of Yakima, a statewide environmental group that supports K-12 schools and colleges into becoming learning laboratories and centers of innovation. Jaden has led a team in Knowledge Bowl as captain and led his school's honor society as President.

Isabelle completed her International Baccalaureate diploma as a junior, a year before typical IB candidates do so. She is part of the Science Club and competed in the USA Biology Olympiad, Ocean Bowl. Isabelle is a member of Interlake High School's Women in STEM Club and has worked at a lab in the University of Washington’s Department of Biology researching the relationship between sleep and academic performance in students.

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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