17-year-old Ava Lonneman doesn’t let gender stereotypes get in her way when it comes to pursuing her dreams. Though told in elementary school that STEM “isn’t for girls”, Lonneman has relentlessly pursued STEM and sought to bring STEM programming to her peers. As founder of her school’s 4-H Makers Club, Lonneman has reached more than 1,600 youth with hands-on STEM projects. Through her club, members learn new STEM skills, improve public speaking skills and mentor middle school students.
Lonneman is the 2017 4-H Youth In Action award winner for STEM, and a student at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown, OH.