High School: Hughes Schools
College Plans: Undecided
Professional Plans: Researcher, Philosopher
Interests: Cards, Movies, Photography, Traveling, Camping, Dancing, Analyzing Situations
Activities: Choir, Soccer, Student Government, Bolivian Folk Dance, Jazz Dance, Ballet Dance
Honors: Valedictorian, Salutatorian, AP Scholar, 1st Place at Science Fair, 1st Place at Math Fair, Honor Award for Meritorious Participation as Logistic Secretary at the MiniMun HS United Nations Bolivian Model, National Olympics in Mathematics
Vaca Attends Prestigious National STEM Program
CHARLESTON, WV, USA – August 2017 – Yumara “Yu” Vaca, a graduate of Hughes Schools represented Bolivia at the National Youth Science Camp. Vaca joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM 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.
Vacate shared, “At NYSC, I learned to appreciate myself more and believe in my dreams. I realized that I can be successful no matter what I study. An adventure is not an adventure if you know what comes next.”
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.
Vaca plans to one day become a Researcher and Philosopher.
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