Clara Hoffman

Clara McCoy Hoffman

Clara Hoffman

State/Country: Vermont
Hometown: Thetford Center
High School: Thetford Academy
College Plans: Undecided
Major: Environmental Science and Engineering
Professional Plans: Researcher or Engineer
Interests: Camping, Gardening, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Traveling, Sports
Activities: Choir, Student Government, Soccer, Track and Field
Honors: Graduating with Honors




Press Release

Hoffman Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Hoffman, a graduate of the Thetford Academy represented Vermont at the National Youth Science Camp.  Hoffman joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.  The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and eight countries, to attend the National Youth Science Camp.  For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers, and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.

These future STEM leaders are selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel, removing any financial barriers for attendance. Delegates also have the opportunity to gain individual hands on experience in STEM fields. The impact is profound and lifelong, according to Science Camp alumni, staff and presenters.

Hoffman shared, “NYSC has made me more motivated to pursue my STEM interests and reassured me that I can work on all of my interests, even if they seem completely unrelated to my major.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit

Hoffman plans to attend Whitman College in the fall, to study Environmental Science and Engineering.


Contact Information:

John P. Giroir, Director, National Youth Science Camp – 304-205-9724 x1

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