Girl Scout Zoë Gadegbeku, right, a National Young Women of Distinction and Gold Award winner, spoke in front of more than 110 girls at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Award Ceremony at the Fox Theatre on Sunday evening. Marilyn Midyette, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is pictured with her.
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ATLANTA — The Fox Theatre was filled with laughter and ambition Sunday afternoon as the historic Atlanta venue played host to the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Award Ceremony.
More than 110 scouts were recognized for the high honor of “going for the Gold,” including 14 Gwinnett County girls who were acknowledged for their Gold Award Project. This project requested the girls to fulfill a need within their communities and create something that could make a long-term change for others.
At the show, Zoë Gadegbeku of Berkeley Lake was no stranger to the ceremony. She has already been honored with this award and has been named as a National Young Women of Distinction. She spoke to the other young ladies in the crowd who were being recognized.
“I think Girl Scouts was one of the main reasons that I learned to love to give back to my community,” the 17-year-old senior said. “I wasn’t passionate when I first started.”
And all the young women gave back through their projects. One girl had made a garden at her school. Another girl built a greenhouse of bottles and tires. Both were used to feed large amounts of people economically.
For Gadegbeku to receive her award, she founded an organization called Women in Science & Health, encouraging and educating teenage women about their careers opportunities in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.
“The whole purpose is to encourage high schoolers to get into STEM career fields,” she said about W.I.S.H. “I noticed fewer women than men where getting into those jobs.”
Gadegbeku made three facets for the organization: an interactive website with information, seminars to give young women hands on exposure to STEM careers and science clubs for young women.
The high schooler made her project appear seamless, but for those striving for this top honor, they must follow seven steps: identify an issue, investigate it thoroughly, get help and build your team, create a plan, present your plan and gather feedback, take action, and educate and inspire.
When the Girl Scouts are finished putting everything together, the young ladies continue to take care of their projects well after receiving the award.
“In fact, I’m working on getting my 501(c) status,” Gadegbeku said about the future for W.I.S.H. “I would like to partner with other organizations that would like to further girls.”
For more information about the Gold Award, visit www.girlscouts.org.