Kate Li, left, and Arya Gupta are this year's representatives for Delaware in the National Youth Science Camp.

Li, Gupta to represent Delaware in national science camp

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Kate Li, left, and Arya Gupta are this year's representatives for Delaware in the National Youth Science Camp.

Kate Li, left, and Arya Gupta are this year’s representatives for Delaware in the National Youth Science Camp.

Two First State high schoolers are on their way to the Mountaineer State to represent Delaware at the 61st National Youth Science Camp.

Kate Li, a senior at Newark Charter School, and Arya Gupta, a junior at Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Charter School of Wilmington, will attend the camp from June 29 to July 20 in Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.

“I look forward to making friends with delegates from all over the United States, expanding my horizons in STEAM, and exploring nature,” Li said. “I’m incredibly thankful for all the influential teachers and staff at Newark Charter School, my mentors on the Delaware Technology Student Association and Apollo: Youth in Medicine teams, my coworkers at Delaware Diagnostic Labs, the Liu group at the University of Delaware Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and the members of my robotics team, and more, for all the learning opportunities and support.”

Li, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, has volunteered since 2020 for Delaware Diagnostics Lab and was a paid summer chemical engineering intern at the University of Delaware.

She has held several leadership positions such as vice president and outreach director of Apollo: Youth in Medicine, state secretary and state treasurer of Delaware Technology Student Association, and Multicultural Club president.

Li is a member of Business Professionals of America, Science Olympiad and HOSA, and is also a violinist.

“We are incredibly proud, though not surprised, by this amazing opportunity for Kate,” said Daniel Bartnik, school principal. “As a rockstar student we have full confidence that she will excel in this program.”

Gupta is the co-founder of International Genetically Engineered Machine Team, which will be competing at the 2024 Grand Jamboree in Paris.

She’s also the co-founder of Women’s Empowerment Club and a student leader in the Youth Environmental, a member of the Charter School of Wilmington Swim team and YMCA junior nationals swim team.

She’s an active volunteer at the Brandywine Zoo, Multiplying Good, Sojourners’ Place, Spanish National Honor Society, CAB SMArt Summer Camp and more.

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) program designed to honor and challenge some of the nation’s rising leaders and provide them with opportunities to engage with STEAM professionals and participate in exciting outdoor activities.

Typically, two delegates are selected to attend camp from each state and the District of Columbia.

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