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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: APRIL 6, 2004


Jennifer Ricks, a senior at Fike High School (Wilson County Schools), and Peter Hamilton, a senior at Green Hope High School (Wake County Schools), were recently named outstanding young scientific leaders from North Carolina's 2004 high school graduating class. At the invitation of Governor Bob Wise of West Virginia, they will participate as delegates in the 40th session of the National Youth Science Camp® held near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia.

Four high school seniors also were selected as alternates: Diana Ni, Grimsley Senior High (Guilford County Schools); Jennifer Carter, Freedom High (Burke County Schools); Andrew Smith, South Rowan High (Rowan County Schools); and Charles Waters, West Carteret High (Carteret County Schools).

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia's Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC®) annually provides for 102 student delegates - two from each state and the District of Columbia - to attend an all-expense paid four-week summer forum where delegates exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds. Scientists from across the United States will present lectures and hands-on research projects on some of the most intriguing science topics, including 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 NYSC® academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program, which takes advantage of the camp's location in the Monongahela National Forest. The outdoor program offers backpacking, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.

For more information, please visit the NYSC Web site at or contact Eleanor Enthoven Hasse, Mathematics and Science Section, NC DPI, 919.807.3845, or by email,

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.