Garden City, NY July 10, 2012 – While some high schools now require a few hours of community service for graduation, none go as far as the Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award. This year Catherine Morse, Amanda Nish and Reema Al-Hijazin of Old Westbury and Westbury join the record number of 121 Girl Scouts in Nassau County that have woven a minimum of 80 hours of community service into their busy schedules. These young women developed Gold Award community action projects that address social issues in their community or promote acts of kindness and goodwill throughout Nassau County. Their efforts earned these girls the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor that a young woman can achieve in Girl Scouting.
"We are so proud of all the young women who earned their Girl Scout Gold Award this year,” said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Through their projects, these women have changed the lives of others and improved their communities in significant ways. We couldn’t be happier that 121 girls chose to take this rigorous path towards earning their Gold Award and succeeded in accomplishing their goals.”
Catherine Morse’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of cultural awareness and acceptance. Using folk stories and games and food from different cultures, she taught students at a local school. Using a PowerPoint presentation that she researched and created, Ms. Morse wove all of the elements together to give the students an appreciation for the world’s cultures and how they all enrich our own lives. Ms. Morse is a junior at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, where she is a member of Leaders’ club, Student Council, and SADD. She also does service through Mercy Action and the Mission Committee. Ms. Morse also volunteers at Winthrop University Hospital.
Amanda Nish and Reema Al-Hijazin teamed up for their Gold Award project that focused on preventing and raising awareness of the negative effects of bullying. They designed a workshop and PowerPoint presentation about the topic, which they presented to a group of seventh graders. The presentation included interviews from students who had either acted as bullies or who had been bullied. After the presentation, they conducted a discussion with the class to gauge their reactions and understanding of the topic. Ms. Nish is a junior at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, where she enjoys sports and socializing. She works as a camp counselor and babysitter and volunteers at a local soup kitchen. Ms. Al-Hijazin is a junior at Sacred Heart Academy, where she is a member of the math team and the choir. She also participates in sports and volunteers at her parish outreach center and a local soup kitchen.
On June 12th the Girl Scouts of Nassau County honored Girl Scouts Seniors and Ambassadors between the ages of 15 and 18 at a special ceremony held at Adelphi University in Garden City. In addition to the Girl Scout ceremony, on June 21st, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano will present the girls, along with their Eagle Scout counterparts from Boy Scouts, with certificates for their achievements at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Chamber in Mineola. Town of Hempstead Supervisor also honored Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts on June 3rd in an event at Levy Preserve.
"Girl Scouts Gold Award recipients are ambitious and dedicated individuals with strong time management and organizational skills. They have joined an elite group of American women, who are part of the Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award Alliance," said Ms. Ceravolo.
The Gold Award project helps high school-aged Girl Scouts develop leadership skills and explore various career paths. Overall, the Gold Awards require up to a three-year commitment from each young woman. It affords the teen the opportunity to learn about arts and humanities, cultural and global relations, personal well-being, technology and science, environmental concerns and many of the innumerable issues facing young women and the world today.
Girl Scouts of Nassau County builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting in Nassau County creates an accepting and nurturing environment, which gives girls a chance to build character and develops leadership skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. With almost 21,000 girl and 7,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Nassau County has become the preeminent organization and leading authority for girls. The organization, now in its 100th year, continues to make the world a better place one girl at a time.
For more information on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County call Donna Rivera Downey 516 741-2550 at ext. 260, or visit www.gsnc.org.
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