Keighty Tallman

kaitlin-tallmanState/Country: Vermont
Hometown: Essex Junction
High School: Essex HS
College Plans: Clarkson University
Major: Environmental Engineering
Professional Plans: Undecided
Interests: Biking, Hiking, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Kayaking,

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Kaitlin Tallman of Essex HS from Essex Junction, Vermont, represented Vermont as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Tallman joined 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eleven other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year. The NYSC, located in the beautiful and rustic setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.

Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, Directed Studies provided extensive hands-on experiences in specific fields. Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.

In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.

Tallman said, “Although the overnight trips I went on were not directly related to science, there was no better way for me to confirm that I wanted to be an environmental engineer than to see the pristine countryside in West Virginia. Its views like the ones that I saw hiking that remind me why I love how science can help preserve that environment.”

Tallman also included, “NYSC is important because it gives people so many chances to try new things and find new interests. I have gotten the chance to make so many new friends from all over the country. The connections I’m making now with everyone will be extremely important through college and beyond. All of the people here are smart, and no matter where I end up, those connections will be useful.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Keighty Tallman, one of the delegates from Vermont, contemplatively stands over a vivid fire during an overnight hiking trip. Much as Prometheus, she brought the secret of fire making to her group on that overnight trip. Outdoor survival skills such as building fires, cooking meals, and leaving no trace of human interference in the hiking grounds are but a few of the lessons learned by delegates on overnight hiking trips.