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Senger serves as delegate at national camp

During seminar time, Barbara Senger works on an art project in the art shack at the 2013 National Youth Science Camp. Senger was selected to serve as the state's delegate at the camp. Submitted photo

During seminar time, Barbara Senger works on an art project in the art shack at the 2013 National Youth Science Camp. Senger was selected to serve as the state’s delegate at the camp. Submitted photo

Barbara Senger of Mandan High School, represented North Dakota as a delegate to the 2013 National Youth Science Camp. Senger joined 121 other top high school graduates representing the United States and nine other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 50th year. The NYSC, located in the setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art and the outdoors.

Each year, delegates are able to attend lectures and directed studies led by top scientists and professors from all over the country. This year’s lecture topics included cancer research, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, the directed study program allowed delegates to have extensive hands-on experience in specific fields that interest the delegates individually. Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a pig’s heart, discuss bioethics, construct robots, and study cybersecurity measures.

In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The overnight backpacking trips provided delegates an opportunity to bond and appreciate the simplicity of nature.

Senger said, “My favorite part of camp was meeting delegates from across the country and the world. Learning about each other’s culture was also a lot of fun because everyone is unique in their own way.”

“I was challenged this summer when I went on overnight trips,” Senger said. “I have never been hiking and have never slept in a tent before. I overcame my fears by having supportive friends and by slowing down to enjoy the nature around me.”