The Iowa Department of Education today announced that two Iowa high school students have been chosen to represent the state at the 2020 National Youth Science Camp.

Eliana Hornbuckle from Nevada and Kiran Marla from Bettendorf are among top students from across the nation selected for this prestigious opportunity based upon their academic achievement, leadership in school and community activities and interest in the sciences.

“My most sincere congratulations goes out to these two outstanding students for their well-deserved success and recognition,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “Even though their experiences will be different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Youth Science Camp will provide a strong foundation for these young leaders to further explore in-demand fields and learn from nationally recognized leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Two students from every state, and some international students, were to receive full scholarships to attend the



nearly month-long camp originally scheduled to be held in West Virginia from June 22 to July 15. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, virtual events will be held in place of the traditional residential-camp experience that has taken place each year since 1963.

The camp will feature lectures from scientists and other experts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in projects with experts and fellow student delegates.

More information on the National Youth Science Camp is available online at