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DC State Board of Education Celebrates the District's Delegates to the National Youth Science Camp

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Contact: Jesse B Rauch, Executive Director, (202) 741-0884

Washington, DC – The District of Columbia State Board of Education (State Board) will be honoring high school graduates Sasha Rickard and Tyler Rogers, the District’s delegates to the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia, at its public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

Both students will be recognized for their excellence in the areas of science and mathematics throughout their high school careers.

In preparation for her impending career in the sciences, Ms. Rickard spent months determining the effectiveness of carbon nanotubes in filtering methylene blue and salt from drinking water as part of her Senior Project. She was also exposed to the repercussions of not having clean water while working with the CARE organization in Nicaragua. Ms. Rickard would like to be an engineer with a focus on integrating scientific and technological developments in ways that benefit society.

In preparation for his burgeoning scientific career, Mr. Rogers has spent considerable time studying the various waterways of the District of Columbia region, including studying the Rock Creek watershed in order to determine how fish ladders were designed to allow the American Shad to cross the Pierce Mill Dam and reach their spawning grounds as well as studying pollution levels in the Anacostia River watershed. Mr. Rogers aims to be a veterinarian or marine biologist.

The public meeting is scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers (1st Floor) of 441 4th Street NW. All students, parents, and educators, and community members are invited.

The meeting will air live on District Knowledge Network (DKN) Comcast Channel 99, RCN Channel 18, and Fios Channel 12.