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Kaleela Thompson in a rain forestKecoughtan High School student Kaleela Thompson will be speaking at Virginia Association for Science Teachers  

Congratulations to Kaleela Thompson, a Kecoughtan High School student, for being a guest speaker at VAST (Virginia Association for Science Teachers) 2017 Professional Development Institute (PDI) “Celebrating Science.” 

Thompson will speak about her “scientific journey” from childhood curiosity to impactful initiatives.  PDI will have an interview-style format and then a town hall style discussion. 

Thompson has a colorful resume in regard to science.  Thompson has received the Prudential President’s Volunteer Service Award, and an Office Depot Adopt a Small Business Award for her organization My Home, My History and Our World, an online site where kids can go to learn about places and their history.  She has explored the rain forest in Brazil and she continues to raise and tag monarch butterflies along with presenting programs at local and state science events.  Currently, she has a mentorship with Professor Dash at the Hampton University Entomology Department and an internship at Langley Research Center, where she collects data, creates charts and graphs, and tags trees for the NASA Tree Conservation Program.  One of Thompson’s proudest accomplishment is the publication of her book, Oh Where Oh Where is my Swallowtail. 

Thompson has been accepted into many colleges of her choice for her undergraduate major entomology.  She plans to go to graduate school to receive her doctorate in entomology with an emphasis in zoology or physics. 

Thompson said, “I am thankful for my friends and family.  I also thank VAST, National Geographic and National Geographic Student Expeditions for giving me this wonderful opportunity.  My warmest thanks to my publisher Eggleston Services, organizations, businesses, teachers, and a lot of nice folks who helped me seed my dreams to grow.”


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