Teen Highlight: Lauren Fenty

“I have found my family through these amazing adventures.”

Lauren completes a rapelling challenge at Junior Warrior Weekend 2022

1. Name: Lauren Fenty

2. Age: 16

3. Father’s name, rank, & branch of service: 

Lt Colonel Joseph J. Fenty, Jr. (Army) 

4. How long have you been with GSTA? 3 years 

Lauren’s father, Lt Colonel Joseph J. Fenty, Jr. (KIA 2006)

5. What is your favorite GSTA memory?

“My favorite GSTA memory was when I got to reconnect with Liv Schretzman [one of GSTA’s senior team leaders]. She knew me when my father passed and now I get to say she is one of my biggest role models.” 

6. What is something that you’ve done with GSTA that you never thought you could do? 

“One thing that I have done with GSTA that I never thought I would be able to do is completing a MURPH workout. On my first trip with GSTA I completed my first MURPH. The process was very difficult but I felt supported and included the entire time, even though I had only known most of my team for less than a day.” 

7. How have things you’ve learned or done with GSTA helped you in your everyday life?

“What I have learned in my time with GSTA is how to work as a team and deal with humility. Not everything we do is easy, but as long as you give it your all, you are growing as an individual and as a member of a team or community. Kent has always said that one of the hardest things to do is fight the doubt within yourself, but that all you need to do is persevere and fight those 6 inches in your brain that tell you that you can’t complete a challenge.”

8. What keeps you coming back to GSTA? 

“While I love everything that GSTA has given me, the people that I have met are what keep me coming back. Going into GSTA, I always felt like an outsider, but I have found my family through these amazing adventures.”

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