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NEWS RELEASES 2004-05 :: APRIL 12, 2005


Seul Bae, a senior at Broughton High School (Wake County Schools), and Charliss Fenton, a senior at Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools), were recently selected as two of the most promising scientific leaders in North Carolina's 2005 high school graduating class. They will represent North Carolina as delegates in the 41st session of the National Youth Science Camp® held near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia.

Two additional high school seniors were selected for their outstanding achievement in science and will serve as alternate delegates: Arnab Saha, Enloe High School (Wake County Schools), and Peter Woods, Northern High School (Durham Public Schools).

State Superintendent Tricia Willougby commended the recipients on their achievement saying, "Students with strong science backgrounds are becoming increasingly important to North Carolina's economy as more and more technology-based companies locate in our state. I congratulate these students and their advisers on their outstanding achievements in science."

Serving as advisers to the delegates and alternate delegates are Patricia Ligon, Broughton High (Bae); Tom Herndon, Chapel Hill High (Fenton); Janet Shurtleff, NCSU Phytotron (Saha); and Susan Eldon, Northern High (Woods).

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.