Lauren Schostak of Huntington Woods engages in causes she believes in while also running her own bagel delivery business.

Featured photo and video by Corrie Colf

At 17 years old, Berkley High School student Lauren Schostak is not your typical rising senior. Inspired by her family, Schostak makes her community presence known as an avid volunteer and young entrepreneur.

At school, Schostak is involved with two organizations: Sources of Strength and Peer to Peer.

“Sources of Strength is a national organization which extends into a bunch of different schools across the United States,” Schostak says. “It is an opportunity to provide a positive and safe environment in schools for students.”

“Peer to Peer is a support group for students with disabilities,” Schostak says. “If they don’t have people to sit with at lunch, there are designated lunch days during the week where we do activities with them and it allows for all students involved to meet new people.”

Outside of school, Schostak continues her outreach in the Metro Detroit community, serving as co-president of the Teen Volunteer Corps offered through Adat Shalom Synagogue.

On top of it all, Schostak owns her own business, Ba-Gals, with her friend Julie Krasnick.

“Every Sunday morning we deliver bagels from New York Bagel in Ferndale to neighborhoods in Huntington Woods and Berkley,” Schostak says. “We text our customers every Friday and get their orders so we can deliver their bagels on Sunday mornings throughout the school year.”

Not only is Schostak involved in these four organizations, but she recently participated in the 2019 Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies writing competition at Wayne State University.

Her essay, “A Once Blinded Jewish Woman,” won first place in the non-fiction category. In it, she shares the identity struggle she endured from learning about the anti-Semitic remarks organizers for the Women’s March were accused of making.

“I just really struggled to understand that. The Women’s March is a movement that promotes welcoming everyone regardless of their race, gender identity, ethnicity or religion. All of the things I read were just very contradictory to what they stood for and it made me very upset.”

Courtesy of Lauren Schostak

Schostak considers herself an avid writer, but this was her first time submitting her piece to a writing competition.

“I didn’t have any expectations going into this, but I was very excited and happy that this piece, since it has a lot of emotion embedded into it and shows my identity, won because it gives others an opportunity to read and learn something from it.”

  1. Favorite Food: Sushi
  2. Favorite Color: Orange
  3. Favorite Movie: Wonder
  4. Favorite T.V. show or Netflix series: Chicago Med or Grey’s Anatomy
  5. Biggest Fan/Supporter: My family
  6. Somewhere you want to visit and why: Australia because everyone seems so friendly there and it looks like such a cool and different place to see.
  7. Future Goals: I would like to pursue a pre-med track in college but it’s not for sure yet!

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