For Immediate Release
May 20, 2014

State Board of Education selects promising science students for National Youth Science Camp

Two graduating high school students from Naperville and Bowen to serve as delegates

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that Kimberly Dauber of Naperville and Kassie Henry of Bowen have been selected as two of the most promising young scientific leaders in Illinois’ Class of 2014. They will participate as delegates in the 51st year of the National Youth Science Camp.

“It is an exciting time in Illinois for science education with the State Board of Education’s recent adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “It is an honor to select these students for the prestigious National Youth Science Camp. They represent Illinois’ best and brightest.”

Kimberly Dauber attends Naperville North High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. She is the daughter of Barry and Deanne Dauber of Naperville. Kimberly plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she plans to major in computer science.

Kimberly’s extracurricular clubs and activities include YMCA Youth & Government, Model United Nations, Girl Scouts of America, lacrosse, Scholastic Bowl Team, the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Team, FIRST Robotics Team, and more. Some of her recent awards and honors include 2014 Daily Herald All-Academic Team Member, 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar Award nominee, 2014 Naperville Exchange Club Youth of the Year nominee, and 2014 National Merit Calmer L. Johnson/John W. Leslie Illinois Tools Works Scholarship recipient.

Kassie Henry attends Southeastern High School in Augusta, which is in Southeastern Community Unit School District 337. She is the daughter of Paul and Sue Henry of Bowen. Kassie plans to attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in forensic and investigative science.

Some of Kassie’s extracurricular activities include the Bowen Christian Church Youth Group, volleyball, Science Club, cheerleading, FFA, Dance Team and National Honor Society. Among her recent honors and awards are 2014 Illinois State Scholar, 2014 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Finalist, 2014 Illinois Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Presenter, 2014 Journal Pilot Leader of the 21st Century, and 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Finalist.

The two graduating high school students will represent Illinois at the all-expenses-paid honors program, which will be held from June 27 through July 20 near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia.

Phillip Shih will serve as an alternate for the National Youth Science Camp in case one of the delegates is unable to attend. Phillip goes to William Fremd High School in Palatine and is the son of Brenda Hsu of Rolling Meadows. He plans to major in computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Some of Phillip’s extracurricular activities include Scholastic Bowl, Math Team, Class Executive Board, National Honor Society and the Viking Advisory and Mentoring Program. A couple of his awards and honors include National Merit Scholarship Finalist and Scholastic Bowl All-Sectional Team. He took second place at the 2014 Masonic State Tournament and won both the IHSA Regional and Masonic Regional in 2013.

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.

Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art and music. They 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 camp’s location in the Monongahela National Forest. The outdoor program offers backpacking, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.

National Youth Science Camp applications are available annually on ISBE’s website. After the May 4 deadline, applications from across the state were reviewed and scored by a committee.

For more information about the National Youth Science Camp, which is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation,  visit or

Illinois is among the 26 lead states that have worked collaboratively to update science standards, called Next Generation Science Standards, under the guidance of Achieve Inc. These internationally-benchmarked standards provide a new vision for K-12 science and engineering education and set the stage for a significant shift in how those subjects may be viewed and taught in Illinois and across the nation. They will join recent updates to mathematics, English language arts and physical education in the New Illinois Learning Standards.

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