Going for Gold

Rancho Peñasquitos residents Alexis Gehrke and Michelle Tong have earned Girl Scout Gold Awards for their outstanding leadership and commitment to taking action in their community. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this distinction. Alexis and Michelle are two of 32 Girl Scouts in San Diego who earned the award this year.
Alexis, the captain of her school’s varsity volleyball team, grew up with a passion for sports and wanted to share their positive impact with others. For her Gold Award project, Alexis held softball clinics for children at the Boys & Girls Club of National City. She also collected lightly used equipment for them and trained club employees to continue the program in the future.

Michelle worked with senior citizens living in local senior centers for her Gold Award project, providing them with a friendly and encouraging environment to socialize and learn. She taught art history, led drawing activities, and brought in high school volunteers to engage with the residents. Michelle built on the leadership skills she developed as an accomplished flutist in her high school band to take on this creative program of her own.

Alexis and Michelle were both members of Troop 8788 and started Girl Scouts as Daisies. They have both earned Bronze Awards, the highest honor available to Girl Scout Juniors, and Silver Awards, the highest honor available to Cadettes. They graduated with the Westview High School class of 2016.
Girl Scouts San Diego provides activities for nearly 40,000 girl and adult members, with facilities in Balboa Park, Carlsbad, and Escondido. Learn more at www.sdgirlscouts.org.