Five Irvine high school students have received the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award for their outstanding community leadership projects.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing high school girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable projects that have sustainable impact in their communities.
Girls who receive the Girl Scout Gold Award distinguish themselves in the college admission process and receive scholarships from colleges and universities across the country.
Below are the five Irvine Gold Award Girl Scouts, along with their amazing community leadership projects:
Dimitra Doiphode (Troop 1214)
Project Title: Earth Week
Dimitra hosted Northwood High School’s first Earth Week through the school’s Environmental Club. Earth Week consisted of educational activities that taught students how to live a more sustainable life. Dimitra also conducted environmental trivia and plant-making events at two other schools to encourage students to become interested in caring for the planet. Her project will be sustained as an annual event by the school’s Environmental Club, and it has also been proposed for use throughout the Irvine Unified School District.
Lauren Kettner (Troop 2065)
Project Title: Reach Out to Knowledge
Lauren chose her project because of her interest in education and helping younger students. She led elementary students in a series of educational games to help reduce the loss of knowledge over summer break. Over 80 children came to each of the seven events hosted at the public library. The library will continue to support this program because of the many community members who attended.
Emily Ozima (Troop 1214)
Project Title: Bridging the Gap
Emily created a writing contest for adopted children, with a focus on blessings, to encourage a deeper bond between adoptees and their families. With the help of an adoption agency and psychologists, Emily was able to develop a personalized support system, creating a lifelong bond between families facing similar adoption situations. In addition, she recorded adoptive families’ testimonies in short videos for broadcast on the agency’s website, to reach adoptive families around the world who are struggling or need advice.
Shreya Pavani (Troop 864)
Project Title: Days for Girls
Shreya educated her community about the need for sustainable hygiene kits for young women in developing countries, which the young women need in order to continue their education. Shreya held a drive at school, in which soaps, washcloths, and briefs were collected. Shreya helped 100 girls with the resulting kits, and reached over 1,000 people worldwide through the website she created. Her program will be continued by Irvine High’s National Honors Society, who will hold yearly informational sessions using her website along with the collection drive to support the cause.
Tu Trinh (Troop 1809)
Project Title: Video Series for Vietnamese Learners
Tu led the production of video lessons for Vietnamese schools, to address (and reverse) a lack of student engagement. The videos were published on TAVIET-LCS’s official YouTube channel and made into 4,000 DVDs that were distributed to over 100 Vietnamese schools in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan. Tu will train her volunteers to become leaders for future video lesson projects.
ICNV congratulates each of these five remarkable Girl Scouts on their well-deserved award!