Brendan Luurtsema

Brendan Christopher Luurtsema

Brendan Luurtsema

State/Country: Michigan
Hometown: Allendale
High School: Allendale High School
College Plans: University Of Toledo,
Major: Biology
Professional Plans: Moving on to grad school to study microbiology
Interests: Biking, Photography, Movies, Camping, Chess
Activities: Band, Church Activities, Science Olympiad, National FFA, Marching Band
Honors: National Technical Honor Society


Press Release

Luurtsema Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Brendan Luurtsema, a graduate of Allendale High School represented Michigan at the National Youth Science Camp.  Luurtsema joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.  The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and eight countries, to attend the National Youth Science Camp.  For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers, and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.

These future STEM leaders are selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel, removing any financial barriers for attendance. Delegates also have the opportunity to gain individual hands on experience in STEM fields. The impact is profound and lifelong, according to Science Camp alumni, staff and presenters.

“This is a unique experience for these amazing students and one that can impact them for the rest of their lives. Brendan is a excellent example of the kind of student who participates and goes on to significant achievements in the STEM fields.” said John Giroir, Director of the National Youth Science Camp.

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit

Luurtsema plans to attend the University of Toledo in Ohio in the fall, to study Biology.


Contact Information:

John P. Giroir, Director, National Youth Science Camp – 304-205-9724 x1

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387