Friday, May 19, 2017

Lauren Duderstadt: 2017 Girl of Distinction

Eight inspiring women from the Pittsburgh area, two outstanding Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout community-champion corporation GEICO will be honored at our Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, May 31 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Proceeds of this premier event support Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Register now

Congratulations Lauren Duderstadt, the 2017 Girl of Distinction! 

Lauren began Girl Scouts as a Daisy. She has many fond Girl Scout memories, including camping, dances, geocaching and tours of both Washington D.C. and New York City. In addition to fun, Girl Scouts has helped Lauren develop as a leader. Today, Lauren is a co-captain for the Hampton High School girls’ soccer team and its varsity goal keeper, a sponsor and mentor to Hampton Middle School enrichment program’s mock trial teams, and a martial arts certified instructor. Lauren is also an outstanding student who was recently inducted into National Honor Society.       

For her Gold Award, Lauren wanted to encourage middle school girls with interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to continue pursuing those interests.  Lauren learned that the dramatic drop in girls’ interests in STEM during middle school is due to multiple factors, including gender bias and a lack of awareness of the practical application of STEM principles. To help overcome these factors, Lauren developed six hands-on STEM workshops and delivered them to middle school girls with STEM interests.  All of Lauren’s workshops, lesson plans and other supporting material can be accessed by any interested parent or educator at her website

Lauren is currently a junior at Hampton High School. Upon graduation, she plans to attend college for mechanical engineering. Lauren is very honored to be named as a 2017 Girl of Distinction and is grateful to so many for their inspiration, assistance, guidance and support, including her parents, Janet Spohn, Gwen Cohen and Patti Coholich.