July 1, 2008

RR Grads Going To Science Camp

By Journal Staff Report

Recent Rio Rancho High School graduates Megan Johnson and Kevin Wymer were recognized at Friday's Public Education Commission meeting for their selections as delegates to attend the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia.

The selections were made by the New Mexico Academy of Science. Johnson was this year's RRHS valedictorian and Wymer the salutatorian.

"I am pleased to have two of our finest science students participate in the National Youth Science Camp and have the opportunity to interact with science scholars next month," said New Mexico Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia. "These students took advantage of an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of science by applying for this challenging camp, and I congratulate them on their selection."

Amelia C. Clement and Jayson Robert Lynch, both from Sandia Preparatory School, were named alternates to the science camp.

The two delegates and alternates were recognized at the Public Education Commission meeting Friday at the Central New Mexico Community College Workforce Training Center.

Each year in the summer following their graduation, two New Mexico high school seniors interested in science attend an intense monthlong camp for young scientists. The New Mexico Academy of Science administers the NYSC program in New Mexico, and the NYSC program pays all expenses for the students, including air fare.

The New Mexico Academy of Science works with the New Mexico Public Education Department to distribute information about NYSC. Student applications include a letter describing their interest in science, rsum, transcript and letters of reference. NMAS selects two delegates and two alternates based upon their interest in the sciences, academic achievement, leadership, and school and community activities.

Students from around the country attend the National Youth Science Camp in the wilderness of the Monongahela National Forest in the eastern mountains of West Virginia's Potomac Highlands.

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