Baltimore -- Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is proud to announce that 87 Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts have earned the highest achievement Girl Scouts of the USA offers, the coveted Gold Award. While all high school age Girl Scouts are eligible to earn the Award only 5.4% of girls receive it. To achieve it, girls must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours planning, researching, organizing, educating, and executing their project which is a lasting solution to a community issue or problem. In doing so, Gold Award Girl Scouts demonstrate that they are role models, world changers, and even sheroes in their communities.
Many of this year’s Gold Award recipients had to deal with curves thrown by COVID in order to complete their projects. Despite these challenges, 87 Girl Scouts were able to successfully complete their projects and earn the “Gold”. Girls’ Gold Award projects included providing a safe way for elementary school kids to keep up with their COVID masks, raising awareness about food allergies and, human trafficking, increasing memory with music and, creating a vaccine distraction kit for young children.
When a Girl Scout earns her Gold Award, she becomes a member of an elite leadership group. This designation can impact her employability, improve her military ranking, and provide college scholarships. Gold Award Girl Scout Anupama Nair received a scholarship from Girl Scouts of the USA for her project, The Coding Inclusivity Project. Through her project she introduced students, who have been historically marginalized, to the world of STEM via an introductory course in Java Script. “This project has been extremely eye opening for me,” Nair said. “I am immensely proud of the impact that it has had and will continue to have on students.” Two local organizations, the Sisters of Computer Science Initiative and the Kerala Cultural Society have agreed to incorporate Nair’s curriculum into their classes and summer camp.
Girls received congratulations from their local elected officials commending them for their outstanding accomplishments. For more information about the members of the 2022 Gold Award Class visit the GSCM Facebook page.
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