Wilton Girl Scouts earn highest honor
Wilton High School seniors Garavi Angreji and Erin Bronner and junior Molly Thomas have earned the highest honor in Girl Scouting — the Gold Award.
Garavi and Erin are from Wilton Troop 50153 and Molly is from Wilton Troop 5055. All three were among 71 scouts honored at Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Gold Award Expo in North Haven, Conn., on June 4.
“I am beyond proud of our Girl Scouts as we celebrate another century of young women taking the lead and making a sustainable change in our communities,” Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby said in a press release.
“By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish in the future.”
Only 6% of Girl Scouts nationwide earn the Gold Award, which requires scouts in ninth through 12th grade to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building teams and making sustainable impacts in their communities.
Receiving the award reflects scouts’ leadership and citizenship skills, setting them apart as community leaders.
After extensive research, Garavi addressed the gender gap in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by spearheading and implementing technology classes at the India Cultural Center in Greenwich, where seven- through 11-year-old girls improved their technology skills and were encouraged to consider pursuing STEM careers.
The India Cultural Center will continue to host Garavi's technology classes with the help of a manual she created. The teachers who participated will also continue to volunteer their time to educate and inspire the STEM leaders of tomorrow.
After noticing that a confirmation video was outdated at her church, Erin filmed, directed, and edited a new educational video to help boost the retention rate of youth members.
She wrote a series of questions and interviewed members of the youth group, teen choir and other members about the themes of service and community and created a video featuring enthusiastic conversations about faith and upbeat music to boost engagement.
Erin’s video received positive feedback and her church’s religious department and another local church plan to show her video to every confirmation class for years to come.
Through her Gold Award project, Molly sought to provide her community better access to the 74.5-acre Gregg Preserve on Mayapple Road in Wilton.
Molly recruited volunteers to clear overgrown paths and remove damaged bridges. Her team then built and installed new bridges on the property using materials that will last for many years. The Wilton Land Conservation Trust has agreed to monitor and maintain the bridges as necessary.
She also created a flyer to promote use of the preserve and has reported seeing more people and their dogs enjoying the trails.
Information: gsofct.org .