June 30, 2017

Manchin Speaks at National Youth Science Camp Senate Luncheon

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke today at the senate luncheon for the National Youth Science Camp. The luncheon is held by the National Youth Science Foundation as a part of its summer STEM camp. The participants of the National Youth Science Camp are chosen through a rigorous selection process overseen by each state’s governor. Two participants are selected from each state and the District of Columbia. The 2017 West Virginia delegates are Isabel Mirfakhraie and Joseph Clark.

“Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in math and are interested in a STEM career. This is a situation that is simply unacceptable,” Senator Manchin said. “The participants of the National Youth Science Camp are the next generation of thinkers who will make a difference in mathematics, science and engineering. The camp is an exciting experience that allows these young leaders to get a taste of what their future holds in the STEM field.”

The National Youth Science Camp is held each summer in Davis, West Virginia. The 2017 camp occurs from June 14 through July 8. Participants of the camp experience lectures from guest scientists, participate in seminars and explore the surrounding beauty of the Monongahela National Forest.

“I am so proud in the NYSF for being so instrumental in developing in our students the skills to prepare them for college and their careers,” Senator Manchin said. “No investment is more important to economic growth and the future success of this nation than education, and the Nation Youth Science Camp does an excellent job in preparing the participants for careers in STEM.”