Howell heads out in June

Danyella Howell is one of two seniors in Texas selected to attend a National Science Foundation Camp in Bartow, W.Va.

“I’m really excited to get to go to it,” said Howell. “I honestly didn’t think I would get in. I turned in my application a day late.”

The 18-year-old Frenship High School senior will travel to the camp in late June and stay about a month.

“I’ve always had an interest in science. My dad has an interest in science. It’s something I’ve always done. I’ve always enjoyed it,” said Howell.

The National Youth Science Foundation Camp allows high schoolers like Howell to develop relationships with scientists. The camp’s goal is to encourage a sense of scientific leadership among future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and health care professionals.

“Not only is it science in general, but we get to experience it hands on,” said Howell.

Students will literally have a hands-on experience with one of the directed study programs is called, “Human Hand Anatomy and Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release.”

Dr. Rick Walker, a private surgeon, will lead a group through the dissection of human hands and learn how it works.

Howell plans to focus on medical science topics.

“I am really into biology because I am interested medicine,” she said. “But I do like astronomy. Physics isn’t my strong point, but I enjoy those types of classes.”

Howell, who plans to attend Lubbock Christian University, completed a class at Frenship as a certified nursing assistant. She is working on her emergency medical technician’s license.

“I see myself in nursing. If nursing works out and I continue my education, I see myself becoming a pediatrician, but at least nursing,” said Howell.

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