Congratulations to Lyndsy C. Joseph, a seventh-grader at MSA-West for being chosen to participate in the 2017 National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Explore STEM.

Lyndsy was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Elnora Kelly Gunter, to participate in this prestigious program.  She attended NYLF: Explore STEM from July 24-29 at the University of Texas at Dallas, and joined other high-achieving students from across the nation to take part in the unique academic development experience.

Lyndsy has been a member of Duke TIP, 4-H Club, Robotics Club, Jr. Beta Club and the talented theatre and gifted program.  She has received numerous academic excellence awards, including the 2015 President’s Education Award Program for Outstanding Academic Achievement.  She is the daughter of Lance C. Joseph and Dr. Erica Joseph.

The forum’s mission is to inspire scholars to explore career possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to a NYLF press release.

“STEM fields are the fastest growing areas of study, and STEM professionals are in high demand in the United States and throughout the world,” said Jan A. Sikorsky, Ph.D., Vice President of Education for NYLF Explore STEM.  “These students, who have already proven themselves academically, are challenged to apply math and science skills as they work on real-world, student-created projects to bring their studies to life.”

Students that attended the program participated in a broad range of interactive simulations, hands-on workshops, and educational site visits to discover the work of today’s professionals in fields such as engineering, health care and environmental science.

The host campuses for this year’s NYLF Explore STEM include: Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.; Babson College near Boston, Ma.; Loyola University in Chicago, Il.; the University of Texas at Dallas; Occidental College in Los Angeles, Ca.; Villanova University near Philadelphia, Pa.; California State University Maritime Academy in San Francisco and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, Nc.

For more information about NYLF Explore STEM, visit