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Data Scientist Claudia Duncan Wins Beauty Pageant In Indiana

Data Scientist Claudia Duncan Wins Beauty Pageant In Indiana

Claudia Duncan has been crowned the Indiana State Fair Queen during the 62nd Annual Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant 2020, which was held at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The new queen will spend almost the entirety of June and July travelling across the state of Indiana and its 45 counties as an ambassador for the Indiana State Fair. 

Duncan is also a Data Science student at Purdue State University where she engages in several mentoring sessions within the university. She works as a peer-to-peer consultant for the Centre for Career Opportunities inside the university as a student. She is a valedictorian of Mater Dei High School in Evansville. She is a 10-year member of 4-H (a US-based youth association whose visions is the upliftment of students helping them realise their potential) where she now works as a superintendent.

Duncan is the 3rd winner of the pageant in the last 5 years to emerge out of Vanderburgh County. This makes her the 4th queen ever to emerge out of Vanderburgh County in the last 62 years. 



Duncan says that a lot of preparation went into realising her dream to be crowned as the queen, a moment too surreal for her to grasp right away. 

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People like Claudia Duncan are a source of inspiration to many. Though she may not have made any contributions in the field of technology yet, women are emerging as a formidable workforce in the Information and Technology sector. Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg are examples. Marissa Mayer was the first female engineer for Google and the 20th addition to the team back in 1999. Since then she has gone on to become the CEO of Yahoo in 2012 before Verizon acquire it in 2015. She quit the company in 2017 but still commanded a $23 million severance package. Sheryl Sandberg is a Facebook employee and oversees the company’s business operations globally. She is regarded as the brains behind Facebook, a driving force which keeps the place running. 

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