Seventeen-year-old Westview senior Hannah Lambert has been a Girl Scout since first grade, and still takes that commitment as seriously as ever. Hannah recently completed her Gold Award, in which she created a running team for her former middle school, Mesa Verde, called the Eagle Express. She is on the cross country and track and field teams at Westview and is passionate about the sport. “There had been a running club at Mesa Verde about 10 years ago and it dissolved,” Hannah stated. “Hearing that Mesa Verde didn’t have one currently gave me the opportunity to interact with middle school-aged kids and teach them what I have learned from running throughout my time at Westview.” She does not take for granted the values and life skills she learned as a Girl Scout, especially as it pertains to her Gold Award. “What is so amazing about Girl Scouts is that it builds young female leaders,” she said, “and without it I don’t think I would have pursued developing a middle school running team.”
Hannah also has an artistic side, which governs many of her hobbies and interests. She enjoys making small figurines out of polymer clay, making videos, drawing, listening to music, reading, and playing the viola. Hannah started playing the violin in fifth grade, and switched to the viola in seventh. She had always participated in her school’s orchestra program until her junior year, when she joined the Civic Youth Orchestra. Her favorite subject in school is art – more recently, graphic design. She is a member of Graphic Design Studio, a club that designs shirts and other products for organizations on campus and throughout the school district. “I like art in general because it allows me to express myself and I just love creating things, whether that be digitally or physically.” She will be attending college locally next fall, and envisions engaging her creative streak in her future career.
Hannah also plans on continuing her involvement in Girl Scouts in college. She hopes to become a camp counselor at Camp Winacka, where she spent many summers making friends and memories as a Girl Scout. Hannah sites her former camp counselors at Camp Winacka as her role models and inspiration. “I hope that I can display the same values they do if and when I become a counselor,” Hannah said, “and that I have the opportunity to impact girls’ lives, just as my mentors did for me.” For now, Hannah will stay involved with the Eagle Express, continue running on her own time, and enjoy the open trails and canyons in Rancho Peñasquitos, where her family has lived for over 20 years.
Name: Hannah Lambert (17)
School: Westview High School
Parents: Keith and Terri Lambert
Favorite Places in 92129: Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (where I spent the last four summers for pre-season cross country) and Hilltop Community Park (where I learned to ride my bike after running into a lamp post)