Katie Michelle Damas
Hometown: Fort Smith
High School: Van Buren High School
College Plans: Colorado College
Professional Plans: Epidemiologist or Physician
Interests: Hiking, Traveling, Reading
Activities: Church Activities
Honors: National Honor Society, Graduating with honors, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta
Damas Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp
CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Katie Damas, a graduate of Van Buren High School represented Arkansas at the National Youth Science Camp. Damas 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.
Damas shared, “NYSC has truly changed me for the better. Although a shy girl at heart, NYSC pushed me to interact with other delegates that, if not forced to, I probably wouldn’t have talked to. Not only that, but it has also helped me to try new things such as rock climbing or white water kayaking, no matter how intimidating they may seem.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to www.apply.nysc.org. To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit www.nysf.com.
Damas plans to attend Colorado College in the fall.
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