James Boothe of Green Bank has been selected to represent West Virginia as a delegate to the 2011 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Boothe will join 116 other top high school graduates representing the United States, as well as students from other countries, at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 48th year. NYSC, located in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art and the outdoors.
Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year's lecture topics will include global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, a Directed Study series will provide extensive "hands-on" experiences in specific fields. Delegates will have the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.
In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates will explore their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates may choose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion and culture.
Boothe said he was "really surprised" he was selected to represent the state.
"I know what a great honor it is," he said.
For Boothe, it means not only representing his state, but the community that hosts the NYSC and his country, since the camp is now open to international students.
Boothe will be the first Pocahontas County student to represent West Virginia at NYSC. He'll attend the camp from June 30-July 24.
Boothe plans to study at Columbia University in the City of New York, majoring in astrophysics, to become a medical doctor. His interests include chess, movies, music, reading, video games, politics/debate and astronomy research at the NRAO in Green Bank.