Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced today that Erik Hans Fronberg and Zachary Miles Zundel have been selected as the two most promising young scientific leaders in Utah’s 2015 high school graduating class. At the invitation of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia, they will participate as delegates in the 52nd year of the National Youth Science Camp held near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia. Ethan Silva has been selected as an alternate.

“Utah is proud of our student delegates for the time and work they’ve put into earning this recognition and opportunity,” said Gov. Herbert. “STEM education is a top priority in the state, and we are happy to continue to support all students in impressive scientific pursuits like this.”

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, 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 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 provocative topics in science today, including fractal geometry, the human genome project, global climate change, the history of the universe, the fate of our rain forests and robotics. Delegates to the NYSC are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, 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.

The National Youth Science Foundation®, based in Charleston, West Virginia, covers all expenses including travel. More information is available online at www.nysf.com and www.nysc.org.