Kelsey Christine Mercurio
State/Country: New Hampshire
High School: Trinity High School
College Plans: University of New Hampshire, Durham
Major: Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
Professional Plans: Rhizosphere scientist to work with farmers in a developing country
Interests: Camping, Hiking, Gardening, Photography, Biking, Music, Running, Traveling, Sports, Cooking, Service
Activities: Choir, Church Activities, Drama, Scouts, Cross Country, Dance, Franciscan Mystery Players
Honors: Graduating with honors, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Girl Scout Silver Award
Mercurio Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp
CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Kelsey Mercurio, a graduate of Trinity High School represented New Hampshire at the National Youth Science Camp. Mercurio 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.
Mercurio shared, “NYSC gives delegates the chance to learn about many kinds of science, not just what’s required for a particular major. I’ve discovered areas of study that I never even knew existed before. I’ve also gotten to hear the perspectives and experience of peers from all over the western hemisphere.”
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.
Mercurio plans to attend the University of New Hampshire of Durham in the fall, to study Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology.
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