This week Eyrin Kim starts an unforgettable adventure in science, the arts, and the great outdoors.

The Farragut High School graduate joins nearly 100 delegates from across the United States and nine Western Hemisphere countries at the National Youth Science Camp. Kim was selected for her excellence in STEM and overall education, extracurricular activities, community service, and her potential for future achievements and leadership.

For the first time in the camp’s 60-year history the 2023 NYSCamp will be a hybrid experience composed of a five-day virtual camp followed by several weeks at Camp Pocahontas in Bartow, West Virginia – the first return to an in-person experience in three years. The camp will culminate in a two-day trip to Washington D.C.

During camp delegates will learn about an array of STEM topics from more than 50 world-class presenters from institutions including Rice University and Texas A&M, innovators from NASA and Northrop Grumman, and trailblazers like a bestselling author and an internationally chart topping podcaster. The camp will also include arts and recreational programming, an outdoor program with caving, mountain biking, and backpacking, as well as special musical events and other fun surprises. Most importantly, the delegates will meet diverse, yet like-motivated peers to build lasting friendships.

“I am absolutely thrilled that we will be back in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia for our 60th anniversary,” said NYSCamp Director, Brian Kinghorn, Ph.D. “My staph [purposely misspelled because of their infectious enthusiasm] and I are eager to provide life-changing and horizon-expanding opportunities for each of our amazing delegates.”

Since its inception, the NYSCamp has honored over 6,300 students, giving them the opportunity to participate in a rigorous STEM enrichment program. Operated by the National Youth Science Academy, its mission is to inspire lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through its proven educational model for mentoring, challenging, and motivating students.