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Jessen attends prestigious national STEM program
by Report submitted · August 31st, 2017

Nolan Jessen, a graduate of Linn-Mar High School, represented Iowa at the National Youth Science Camp over the summer. Jessen joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought-provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and eight countries, to attend the National Youth Science Camp. For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers, and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.

These future STEM leaders were selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel, removing any financial barriers for attendance. Delegates also have the opportunity to gain individual hands-on experience in STEM fields. The impact is profound and lifelong, according to Science Camp alumni, staff and presenters.

Jessen shared, "NYSC is invaluable in forming a network of amazing students across the country that, together, create a more amazing world than they could ever do alone. This program has given me a greater group of lifelong friends and opened my eyes to more new technologies that I could ever hope for."

At Linn-Mar, Jessen was involved in church activities, FIRST Tech Challenge (Robotics), and Linn-Mar Television (Announcements). He also received a number of honors including National Merit semifinalist, National Merit Finalist, National Honor Society, AP Scholar, and graduating with honors.

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, visit

Jessen plans to attend Iowa State University this fall to study Computer Engineering.
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