Kevin Yuhang Zhao
High School: Daniel Hand High School
College Plans: Columbia University in the City of New York
Professional Plans: Scientist
Interests: Chess, Video games
Activities: Orchestra, Student Government
Honors: Graduating with honors, National Honor Society, National Merit Commended Student
Zhao Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp
CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Kevin Zhao, a graduate of Daniel Hand High School represented Connecticut at the National Youth Science Camp. Zhao 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.
Zhao shared, “One of my biggest challenges this summer was talking to people. I am very introverted, so going to camp had me very nervous. When I got here, though, I got out of my comfort zone and I made friends because of it.”
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.
Zhao plans to attend Columbia University in the city of New York 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