Department of Education announces Arkansas’s National Youth Science Camp Delegation

The Arkansas Department of Education announced today that Margaret Nicole Woods and Karla Gabriela Morrissey have been selected as the two most promising young scientific leaders in the state’s 2013 high school graduating class.

Margaret Woods

At the invitation of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia, they will participate as delegates in the 50th year of the National Youth Science Camp held near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia. Rebecca Elizabeth Davis, Dennison Tyler Schultz, and Ryan D. Stafford have been selected as alternates.

Miss Woods is an exceptional young scientist of outstanding character and academic merit who ranks in the top four percent of her graduating class at Parkview Arts Science Magnet High School, has a 4.018 cumulative GPA, and a 25 composite ACT score. As an active member of both the community and her school, she hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in medicine.

Karla Morrissey

Miss Morrissey is a meticulous young scientist who has maintained a 4.0 un-weighted GPA at the academically advanced Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts. She has a 31 composite ACT score, received the Outstanding Student in Advanced General Chemistry award, and is participating in this year’s International Science and Engineering Fair.

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp is an annual summer forum where two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds. Lectures and hands-on research projects are presented by scientists from across the United States who work on some of the most provocative topics in science today – topics such as fractal geometry, the human genome project, global climate change, the history of the universe, the fate of our rain forests, and robotics.

Delegates to the NYSC are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest.

The National Youth Science Camp’s diverse academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program, which leverages the Science Camp’s location in the Monongahela National Forest. The Science Camp’s outdoor program offers backpacking, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.

All expenses, including travel, are covered by the National Youth Science Foundation®, based in Charleston, West Virginia. More information is available online at and

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