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Distinguished Finalist

Lauren Eppinger

Saxtons River, Vermont

Lauren Eppinger, 18, of Saxtons River, Vermont, a senior at Vermont Academy, organized and led a week-long educational camp, teaching 13 middle school girls design-related engineering skills and helping them complete a circuitry project. To establish the camp, Lauren worked with local businesses, secured donations, developed lesson plans and taught each session; she is currently creating a shortened version of her curriculum for a local nonprofit, and plans to offer another engineering camp next summer.