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T&T winners to U.S. National Youth Science Camp 2012

NYSC 2012

Left to right are Ambassador Beatrice W. Welters; Brandon McKenzie; Lacey Chunilal and President of NIHERST Maureen Manchouck

April 30, 2012: Two students from South Trinidad have been selected as the Trinidad and Tobago representatives to participate in the 2012 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) in West Virginia, USA. 

The NYSC is a residential science education program that honors and challenges graduating high school science students from states across the U.S. and selected countries. It is designed to provide an opportunity for students to have constructive interaction with others and emphasize the social value of scientific careers.  

Students Brandon McKenzie from Shiva Boys’ Hindu College, Penal, and Lacey Chunilal from Iere High School, Siparia, were selected based on their academic achievement in science and their potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

The program is locally administered by the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) in partnership with the U. S. Embassy.  

McKenzie and Chunilal will depart for the U.S. on Thursday 27th June, 2012, where they will spend a month with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds.  They will benefit from lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the United States; overnight camping trips into the Monogahela National Forest and a visit to Washington D.C.   

The students were selected from hundreds of applicants from schools in the St Patrick and Tobago School Divisions in a process which began in February when applicants were asked to submit applications.

On Monday, April 30, 2012, the Embassy, in collaboration with NIHERST, hosted a brief presentation ceremony at the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section to congratulate the successful students. They were presented with certificates and iPads.   

Ambassador Beatrice W. Welters advised the students, who will be visiting the U.S. for the first time, “to take every opportunity to learn as much as possible to move upward and to network so as to get help through the highs and lows.”

President of NIHERST, Maureen Manchouck, noted the selection process was rigorous and told the “fortuitous students” their success demonstrated how talented and multi-skilled they are.

She also encouraged the students to learn as much as they can and to return to share their experiences with the NIHERST summer camp.

Speaking about their success, the students thanked their teachers and parents for their support.

McKenzie said, “I am really excited to attend such a prestigious event. I hope this experience helps me in achieving my dreams and aspirations to become a neurosurgeon.”

Chunilal was also very thankful and humbled by her selection, saying, “I am proud and excited to represent Trinidad and Tobago on something I am so passionate about – science.” She says she hopes to follow a career path in physics.

For further information on NYSC please contact Public Affairs Specialist Ms. Charleen Thomas at 822-5585 or the Communications Unit of NIHERST at 868-628-9689 or 868-628-9691.