Local Girl Scouts go for the gold

SAN MARCOS — Four area residents are among the 56 local young women who earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award during 2010.
Brooke Bagdasar and Jillian Freese of San Marcos are members of the Mission Hills High School Class of 2010 and longtime members of Girl Scout Troop 4117, led by Suzie Hunter. Erin Bauder and Evelyn Hunter are Vista residents.
Bagdasar is now a first-year cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she hopes to play volleyball. For her Gold Award project, Bagdasar held a four-day volleyball camp for incoming freshmen at Mission Hills High School.
Freese’s Gold Award project inspired San Marcos teens to become more active in their community. She raised awareness of local service opportunities, held a weeklong volunteer fair at her school, and compiled information about service opportunities that local counselors and advisors could share with their students. She will major in biology at UCSD.
Bauder completed 13 years of Girl Scouting in Troop 4221, led by her mother. The 2009 Guajome High School graduate recently finished her freshman year at Palomar Community College. For her Gold Award project, Bauder spent several months teaching a series of art lessons to children with special needs. Their creations won ribbons in the San Diego County Fair and were exhibited in an art show.
Hunter is a recent Rancho Buena Vista High School graduate who will attend Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts. The Casita Center Elementary School students she taught to build and program robots placed in the top third of Legoland’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Cup.
Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council President Solveig Deuprey and Chief Executive Officer Jo Dee C. Jacob presented the Gold Awards during a recent ceremony at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Former Girl Scout Beth Burns, San Diego State University’s women’s basketball coach, delivered the keynote address and met privately with the Gold Awardees to exchange ideas about leadership and perseverance.
Just 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this honor, the culmination of their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Each Girl Scout Gold Award recipient spends two to three years completing a seven-step process that includes exploring career interests, colleges, internships and jobs. It culminates when the girl plans, executes and evaluates a major service project based on a personal passion and that addresses the needs of a specific community.

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