Seven Ridgefield Girl Scouts – Alexia Anglade, Justine Corsilia, Alyza Crook, Sofia Daigle, Julia Herlihy, Sarah Isaac and Jax Mantione have earned the highest leadership award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. They were recognized at the state-wide ceremony at Cascades in Hamden, CT on June 6th.
A Gold Award Girl Scout’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Nationally, less than six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award. Gold recipients are eligible for college scholarships.
Along with meeting certain pre-requisites, in order to earn the Gold award, a high-school age Girl Scout must spend at least 80 hours researching and implementing a project that will have a sustainable impact. Completed projects must be approved by the Gold Award Committee.
This year’s awards for Ridgefield Girl Scouts addressed a wide range of local and global issues.
RHS junior, Alexia Anglade, created a Green Business Award for Ridgefield and surrounding towns to recognize and encourage local businesses to use environmentally sustainable business practices. She worked closely with a team from the Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment and the Norwalk River Watershed Associations. Businesses can apply at the website she built www.greenawardct.com and if eligible, can earn a window decal she designed. She will continue working this summer to publicize the award.
RHS junior, Justine Corsilia, wrote a 160-page book entitled “Step Bravely: A teen girl’s guide to gaining confidence in her actions, appearance, and life” to educate middle school girls on subjects such as body image, social media, confidence, and nutrition. Justine also hosted book group meetings to discuss these topics which will be continued by the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury.
Alyza Crook, also a junior at RHS, focused on literacy. Through her Gold Award project, Alyza succeeded in fostering a love of reading for kids in grades 4 through 6. She established a virtual book club, and built a website, https://sites.google.com/ridgefieldps.net/alyzasbookclub/home with resources for others to start their own book clubs. A younger Girl Scout will be taking over her project to ensure it continues.
RHS junior, Sofia Daigle, tackled the issue of ocean pollution by writing a book, Sadie Saves the Sea. Sofia and her team wrote, illustrated, and self-published the book. To raise awareness of her book and issue, Sofia also launched a website filled with resources on the issue of plastic ocean pollution and hosted educational programs for children.
Julia Herlihy collaborated with an elementary school in Norwalk, to enhance their fairy tale unit by adding a theatrical element. She transformed the unit from just reading stories and answering questions to an engaging and inclusive experience which included scripts in both English and Spanish, costumes, and props. Julia will graduate from RHS this June and will be attending Boston College in the fall.
Sarah Isaac, RHS Class of 2020 and currently pursuing a degree in Public Health at Tulane University, addressed a local elementary school’s need for accessible outdoor spaces which would encourage movement and help children develop motor skills such as balance, coordination, and spatial awareness. She created several colorful sensory pathways at Ridgebury Elementary School to help stimulate connections in the brain that are responsible for sight, touch, and sound, and enabling children to complete complex, multi-stage tasks.
RHS Junior, Jax Mantione, worked with the town of Ridgefield to build a 40-plot community garden at Farmingville Elementary School for families to access fresh produce. One plot is also reserved for fresh produce to go to the Ridgefield Food Bank. To help families get started, she sent each a presentation with gardening and basic nutrition information. Ridgefield will ensure new members to the garden will receive the presentation for each new growing season.
Girl Scouts’ Ridgefield Service Unit also honored its Gold Award Girl Scouts as well as all middle and high school Girl Scout achievements at a ceremony on June 7th at Ballard Park.
To learn more about the Gold Award, please visit https://www.girlscouts.org/en/our-program/highest-awards/gold-award.html