GREENWICH, Conn. -- Eliana Betzios of Greenwich earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for her project to unify cheerleaders across the town and prepare middle school girls for high school.
Betzios unified five cheerleading teams by leading practices with each one individually, then combining them into one large team for an exhibition.
By building a foundation of teamwork, she prepared eighth grade girls for joining a unified team in high school. She also created an instruction manual that the president of the Greenwich Youth Cheerleading League will use in the future.
Betzios is attending High Point University and majoring in business administration.
“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
“Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication," she said.
"Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
"We expect great things from them as they continue to thrive and succeed in their future endeavors!”
Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored 61 girls across the state for earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven.
Betzios is one of six girls from Greenwich to earn her Gold Award this year.
The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9 to 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community.
A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php .
Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-empowerment organization in the state, serving nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For further information, visit www.gsofct.org or call 800-922-2770.
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