Lauren Proctor Selected for National Youth Science Camp
Cleveland High School senior, Lauren Proctor, has been selected as one of only two Tennessee student-delegates to attend the National Youth Science Camp. The camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after high school graduation. Students from around the country are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with staff members. Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research. Selected delegates attend the National Youth Science Camp at no expense, transportation included, due to the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. Lauren will travel to Washington, D.C. for three days this summer to study national science concerns in meetings with scientists and behind-the-scenes visits to sites such as NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, and Teaching and Learning national museums. A highlight of this visit will be a luncheon with members of the United States Senate.
Ms. Long, CHS science teacher, said, “Lauren has excelled in science classes and science organizations at Cleveland High School. We are so proud she has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Camp. We are excited she will have the opportunity to hear from researches in STEM fields and meet with lawmakers in Washington, DC.”
Lauren has taken Chemistry I Honors, Biology I Honors, Aquatic Biology (Scientific Research) Honors, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology Honors. Her junior year, as part of the Aquatic Biology (Scientific Research) Honors course, Lauren conducted original scientific research examining the effectiveness of constructed wetlands in industrial and residential settings. Based on the quality of her work, Lauren was invited to and gave a presentation in front of a panel of scientists at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as part of the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. She was also invited to present her work in front of a panel of scientists as part of the Tennessee Junior Academy of Science at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Lauren is a member of the Science Olympiad Team, Environmental Awareness Association, and Science National Honor Society. She currently serves as president of the Science National Honor Society.