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This is the third in a four-part series interviewing this year’s Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from Castle Rock.
Four Castle Rock Girl Scouts recently received their Gold Award, the highest honor in the organization. The Girl Scout Gold Award is a seven-step project in which girls strive to solve a community problem.
Aimee Bianca, the Highest Awards Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado, said the process has a lasting effect on the Girl Scouts.
“They learn so many things, but they really learn how to manage a project efficiently and communicate with adults,” Bianca said. “For the girls, it means that they have the power to create change in their community in a meaningful way and that they have the power to pull together a team of people who support the things they are about.”
Here, Girl Scout Alexis Montague answers questions about her involvement in the organization and her Gold Award project.
I am a freshman at University of Colorado at Boulder, studying biochemistry, mathematics, and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. I am extremely passionate about anything to do with science as I find it provides a deep understanding of the world around us. I also am an active soccer player and absolutely love horseback riding. When I am not studying, I am either reading or writing my book.
Please give a brief description of your Gold Award project and its goals.
My Gold Award was primarily focused on empowering females to go into STEM careers through providing role models for middle school and high school girls. To do this, I put on a panel event of engineers from different fields, ranging from industrial to aerospace. They each gave a brief introduction, talking about the struggles they faced and the experience they had in this male-dominated field. My panelist also gave advice for the girls to follow if they wanted to pursue an engineering career. I also developed a manual so that other schools could also put it on in the area.
Looking back, what do you think you were able to accomplish through this project?
I strongly believe that the girls who were present at my event walked out with the confidence they needed to pursue any area of the STEM field.
How do you think this project has impacted your local community of Castle Rock and the nearby areas? Were you able to learn more about your own community by doing it?
The major focus of my project was to girls within my community, especially girls at the middle schools, expanding from Mesa to Rocky Heights. Through my event, I realized the amount of people within the Castle Rock community who were just as passionate as I am to get girls more involved within the STEM field.
How did this project influence you and what did you personally learn from it?
The greatest influence from my project was seeing the impact I had on girls and the knowledge that I can put on an event within a limited time. It taught me skills I have been using in college and in the future.
Finally, why do you participate in Girl Scouts?
I became a Girl Scout when I was in kindergarten, which I didn’t have much of a choice in. But as I continued in the program, Girl Scouts become a place where I could be who I wanted to be and gain skills that I still use. It provided me with the opportunity to lead younger girls and see firsthand what good leadership can do for others in their growth.
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