Going For Gold

Westview High School (WVHS) students Lacey Bigelow, Hannah Lambert, and Jenna DiCarlo have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award – the organization’s highest honor – for demonstrating extraordinary leadership by identifying and tackling social issues. “Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement,” said Carol M. Dedrich, CEO of Girl Scouts San Diego. “These young women exemplify leadership in all its forms.”

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Troop 8256’s Lacey Bigelow is entering her senior year this fall. Her Gold Award project was inspired by her time volunteering at a hospital in Honduras, where she learned children were dying from dehydration. Lacey embarked on a community education campaign in the U.S. and led a team of volunteers making 1,200 simple dehydration kits. She distributed the kits in the Honduran village of Rio Blanco and taught families how to use them to treat children waiting for medical attention. Lacey intends to return this year to continue outreach and distribution.

Recent WVHS graduate and Troop 8125 member Jenna DiCarlo focused her Gold Award project on youth literacy, particularly for youths going through the justice system. She led educational community workshops on literacy and collected over 1,500 books in English and Spanish to donate to the San Diego Juvenile Hall library, where she installed a permanent book collection. Jenna joined Girl Scouts 13 years ago as a Daisy Girl Scout.

Hannah Lambert, also graduated from WVHS in the Class of 2018, used her Gold Award project to expand sports opportunities for children in her community. She realized the WVHS cross-country team had low participation because its feeder middle schools had no running teams, so she founded a team at Mesa Verde Middle School. The team is coached by Hannah’s high school teammates and participates in regular practices and intramural meets. Hannah is a member of Troop 8324, where she started as a Brownie.

Each candidate spent one to two years developing and implementing their project, and they were among 58 Gold Award winners honored during a recent ceremony at Copley Symphony Hall. For more information go to www.sdgirlscouts.org.