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Governor Doug Ducey Announces the 2018 Arizona National Youth Science Camp Delegates

April 3, 2018

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced that Seoyoon Kim and Vilina Mehta have been selected as Arizona’s delegates to the 2018 National Youth Science Camp. At the invitation of Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia, they will participate as delegates in the 55th year of the National Youth Science Camp held near the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia. Taylor Miller and Chase Lee have been selected as alternates.

Seoyoon Kim is a senior at BASIS Peoria, where she serves as the founder and President of the BASIS Student Service Initiative, the Marketing Committee Leader for the Senior Year Committee, and the College and Career Readiness Committee Lead for the Arizona Science Center Teen Advisory Board. Seoyoon is an intern for the Breast Cancer Genetics Lab at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and a member of the National Honor Society. Seyoon’s extracurricular activities include volunteering as a peer counselor for Teen Life, and at Hospice of the Valley. Next year, Seoyoon will be pursuing a degree in History of Science at Harvard University. Previously, Seoyoon earned the Future Innovator of the Year Award at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation, and the STEM Excellence Award from the Wise Wing Foundation.

Vilina Mehta is a senior at BASIS Scottsdale, where she is Ambassador and State Director of the National Society of High School Scholars, the 
Founder, Co-President & Public Relations Director of UNICEF Chapter, and a Distinguished Honor Roll Commended Scholar. Vilina is a member of the Science National Honor Society and a mentor for middle school girls at the Computer Programming Club for Girls. Vilina has earned several STEM Awards, including a first place win in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at AzSEF2017, the 2017 Future Innovator of the Year Award at the Governor's’ Celebration of Innovation. Vilina was named a 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Scholar, and she holds certificates of excellence from Phoenix COMICON and the Association for Women in Science.

The National Youth Science Camp is an annual summer forum 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 cyber security, curing Alzheimer’s disease, global climate change, 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.

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


For more information or assistance, contact Dawn Wallace at: 602-542-1316