NASA, American Girl collaborate to make Luciana, Girl of the Year

MIDDLETON, WI (WHNT)– 3…2…1…It’s time to blast off with American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year Luciana Vega!

Officially launching in early January, Luciana is the latest in American Girl’s long line of inspiring characters that encourage girls to think about who they want to be and how they want to make their mark in the world—no matter the challenges they may face.

American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year™, Luciana Vega (Image: American Girl/USSRC)

In Luciana, girls will meet a creative, confident 11-year-old girl and aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go to Mars. And, while she has the skills and smarts to achieve her goals, she also learns that being a good leader and team player right here on Earth is the best first step.

“We’re proud to introduce fans to American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year, Luciana Vega—a champion of STEM and a natural-born leader who puts her whole heart into making her dreams a reality,” says Katy Dickson, president of American Girl. “Luciana is a role model for today’s girls—empowering them to defy stereotypes, and embrace risks that will teach them about failure and success as they chart their own course in life—whatever the goal. For us, it’s all about building girls of strong character, and it’s why we’re continuing to encourage girls to lead change and embrace #charactercounts.”

Additionally, Luciana’s story is chronicled in a chapter book series written by Erin Teagan and published by Scholastic.

 

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