The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 11, 2013

Hoopeston student heads to science camp


HOOPESTON — Michelle Seat, a student at Hoopeston Area High School, was selected as one of two delegates from Illinois to attend the 50th National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia this July.

“We are very proud of her accomplishments and we hope that this recognition will inspire other students to strive toward reaching their fullest potential,” Principal Larry Maynard said.

The second student, Joelle Friesen, is from University High School in Normal.

“These two students have been selected as promising young scientific leaders in Illinois’ 2013 high school graduating class,” state Superintendent Christopher A. Koch said in a press release. “We’re thrilled that two of our state’s students can be a part of this camp’s 50th season. These are two bright students who have each taken full advantage of four years of science and math courses at their schools.”

Seat’s math courses have included physics, anatomy, pre-calculus/trig and statistics. She also was involved in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, as well as sports, academic, arts, church and volunteer activities while attending Hoopeston Area High School.

Seat, daughter of Rex and Rhoda Greene, already has been accepted into the chemical engineering program at the University of Illinois. Seat could not be reached for comment.

The National Youth Science Camp, located near National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, W.Va., is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. The camp, according to its history, is recognized as the nation’s premier science leadership program for college bound students.

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp is an annual summer forum where two delegates representing 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 camp 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 diverse academic program is complemented by an outdoor 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, mountain biking and kayaking.

Since 1963, nearly 5,000 of the nation’s top high school science students — about 100 each year — have been selected to attend the camp, free of charge, and to learn from a nationally preeminent faculty the excitement and social significance of careers in science.