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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: APRIL 12, 2007


Hae Rhee Chung, a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (Durham; Leslie Brinson, advisor), and Diane Caitlin Saunders, a senior at Riverside High School (Durham Public Schools; Elizabeth Christenbury, advisor), were recently selected as two of the most promising scientific leaders in North Carolina's 2007 high school graduating class. They will represent North Carolina as delegates in the 44th session of the National Youth Science Camp® held near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia, to be held June 27-July 23.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the seniors on their selection. "Science and mathematics are keys to success in the 21st century global economy. I congratulate North Carolina's young scientists who will represent our state at the National Youth Science Camp®. I encourage all students to see the value of a strong science and math background in preparing for their futures."

Chung is a National AP Scholar and has received the Siemens Advanced Placement Award (one of two for NC). She received Honorable Mention at the 2006 iGEM intercollegiate synthetic biology competition as a part of the Duke University iGEM team. Chung also is a developmental attaché for the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCCSM), a NC State Science Fair place winner, and leads the Korean Seminar at NCSSM as a teacher. She is a concert pianist and an accomplished violinist, having played with several local symphonies and the North Carolina Symphony.

Saunders is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and an AP Scholar with Honor awardee. She attended the Governor's School of North Carolina after her junior year. A scholar-athlete, Saunders is an all-conference selection on both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. She is an accomplished artist, having won many awards on local, state, and national levels.

Four additional high school seniors were selected for their outstanding achievement in science and will serve as alternate delegates: Travis Price, Northwest Cabarrus High School (Cabarrus County Schools; Joanne Driscoll, advisor), Nathan Bihlmeyer, Franklin Academy (Wake County; Sam Wheeler, advisor), Lu Liu, Broughton High School (Wake County Schools; Laura Woods, advisor) and Haowei Claire Tong, West Forsyth High School (Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools; Sean Bennett, advisor).

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia's Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC®) annually provides for 102 student delegates – two from each state and the District of Columbia – to attend an all-expense paid four-week summer forum where delegates exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds. Scientists from across the United States will present lectures and hands-on research projects on some of the most provocative science topics, including 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 NYSC® academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program, which takes advantage of the camp's location in the Monongahela National Forest. The outdoor program offers backpacking, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.

For more information, please visit the NYSC® Web site at or contact NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.