South Carolina Students Selected For Prestigious National Youth Science Camp

Columbia, S.C. - At the invitation of Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia, South Carolina's William Mossbrook and Ronak Malde will participate as delegates in the 55th year of the National Youth Science Camp held near the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia.

William Mossbrook from Woodruff High School in Spartanburg School District 4 is invited to participate as a Delegate from South Carolina. William plays baseball for Woodruff High. He is an accomplished pianist, and he also attended Palmetto Boys State.

Ronak Malde from Southside High School in the Greeneville County School District is invited to participate as a Delegate from South Carolina. Ronak is a Captain on his Robotics Team. He is also an Eagle Scout. He has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, and he cofounded a web design agency.

Eric Zhang from Carolina Forest High School in the Horry County School District, Jada Young from Irmo High School in District 5 of Lexington & Richland Counties, and Jenna Barrett from Lewisville High School in the Chester County School District have been selected as alternates.

This unique program was developed before the term science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) was coined. Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp, where two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic, governmental 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 forward thinking topics in science today - topics such as curing Alzheimer’s disease, nano-technology, cyber-security, invention and innovation, virtual and augmented reality, and the Internet of Things. Delegates to the NYSCamp are challenged to explore new areas in STEM, 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.

Mossbrook and Malde will be flown to Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday, June 27 and will return home on Saturday, July 21, 2018, after participating in this prestigious STEM education program for almost a month. The National Youth Science Foundation, based in Charleston, West Virginia, covers all expenses, including travel. More information is available online at and

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