A 20-year-old Taylortown girl recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, which represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Alysza Bigart was a member of Aberdeen troop 344 when she completed the requirements for the Gold Award.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is among the most prestigious awards in the world for girls and among the most difficult to earn.
Going back to almost the very beginning of the Girl Scouts with the Golden Eaglet (issued 1916-1939) and sharing many similarities to the Eagle Scout awarded by the Boy Scouts, the Girls Scouts have a tradition of recognizing extraordinary leadership and service.
The current Gold Award was adopted in 1980 and requires both a special project and at least 80 hours devoted to a service project.
A Girl Scout since the age of 2, Alysza credited the Girl Scouts with helping her “to grow in life, be a better person, and to make the world a better place.”
Her project included working with special needs students from Southern Middle School to see how she could help them make the transition and adjustment to high school.
Drawing on her own experience as a special needs student, she partnered with her father, a videographer, to create a virtual walk-through of Pinecrest High School to help students learn to navigate the school with less difficulty.
This can be especially important for special needs students who may have trouble following a map or directions. Alysza commented on her problems in high school in learning “how to get from point A to point B.”
Currently, Alysza continues to assist her local Girl Scout troop and is in the college application process. She is hoping to earn a degree in law enforcement and become a police officer.
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~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Local News/Government Reporter Chris Prentice.
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