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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: MARCH 21, 2006


Genevieve Pike, a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and Richard Ianiello, a senior at Enka High School (Buncombe County Schools), were recently selected as two of the most promising scientific leaders in North Carolina's 2006 high school graduating class. They will represent North Carolina as delegates in the 43rd 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: Laura Mayes, Northern Durham High School (Durham Public Schools), and Camille Beasley, William G. Enloe High School (Wake County Schools).

State Superintendent June Atkinson commended the recipients on their achievement saying, "Students with strong science backgrounds are becoming increasingly important to North Carolina's economy as more technology and research 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 Sarah Allen, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (Pike); Janice Arden, Enka High (Ianiello); Susan Eldon, Northern Durham High (Mayes); and Brian Wood, William G. Enloe High (Beasley).

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 provocative 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 NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

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.