COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 300

December 12, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)

 

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is an intense month-long camp for young scientists conducted during the summer after they graduate from high school. In a rustic setting in West Virginia, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies. Participants have many opportunities to push themselves physically in an extensive outdoor program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. The NYSC is an all-expenses-paid program. The National Youth Science Foundation will arrange round trip transportation from an airport near the delegate's home to Charleston, West Virginia.

 

Two students are chosen to represent Virginia as delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

 

           be candidates for high school graduation between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009;

           be available to participate in the entire NYSC program (July 1 to July 25, 2009);

           demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences;

           demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in both school and community activities;

           demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits; and

           demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.

 

Information about the National Youth Science Camp and an application may be obtained at the National Youth Science Camp website, http://www.nysc.org/. The application should be mailed to the following address so it is received no later than January 23, 2009:

 

Paula Klonowski, Science Coordinator

Office of Middle and High School Instruction

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

 

For further information, please contact Paula Klonowski, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 371-0249.

 

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