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National Young Women of Distinction Week: Day 3!

Jun 20, 2013

Gold Award page on girlscouts.orgMeet our National Young Women of Distinction—10 Seniors who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. To earn this highest award in Girl Scouting, each girl completed requirements that led to an outstanding Take Action project. Every day this week on our For Girls blog, we will introduce you to these smart, spirited leaders. Here, read about Mandy, Katie, and Zoë, inspiring activists who focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) issues in significant ways:

Mandy, of Austin, is with Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Educating younger students about aquatic conservation and the environment is so important to Mandy that she designed an aquarium and a three-day curriculum to educate fifth-grade students about ocean health and environmental threats to the ecosystem. “I truly think that education is the key to everyone’s future,” Mandy says. “I think when colleges see ‘Gold Award,’ they see that I’m dedicated and that I have a passion for something. It gives you so much confidence.” Click here to watch Mandy’s video and here to see her acceptance speech.

Katie, of St. Charles, is with Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. She lives in a farming community where bats are an important part of the environment, so Katie worked with the county to build bat houses in strategic areas to help protect them. She also educated younger kids in her community about the environmental importance of bats. “I have wanted to do my Gold Award since I was a Brownie,” Katie says. “It taught me a lot about myself. I knew that if there was something I wanted to fix, it was me who could fix it. I didn’t have to go wait for someone else to fix it or rely on other people. I could find the answer or the solution to the problem.” Click here to watch Katie’s video and here to see her acceptance speech.

Zoë, of Atlanta, is with Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. For her Gold Award project, Zoë started a STEM career finder website—the W.I.S.H. Careers Network for High School Girls—that has since achieved a global reach, drawing girls from Atlanta to Africa. “I made a difference by going for Gold,” Zoë says. “I’m confident I had a big impact because I see girls whose attitudes toward STEM have been changed. I have the honor of being a role model to younger girls, who look up to me now and say, ‘I want to be a National Young Woman of Distinction. What can I do?’ ” Click here to watch Zoë’s video and here to see her acceptance speech.