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Greenwich Teen Earns Girl Scout Gold Award For Marine Biology Lessons

Marisa Goff
Marisa Goff Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
This year's group of Gold Award recipients from across the state.
This year's group of Gold Award recipients from across the state. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

GREENWICH, Conn. – Marisa Goff, of Greenwich, recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community, according to a press release. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.

She is one of 55 Girl Scouts in Connecticut to earn the Gold Award this year.

“On a national level, only 4 to 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, in a press release. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place.”

Goff’s project was to help create educational resources in both English and Spanish for children ages 3-13 to encourage interest in marine biology and conservation. She placed self-sustaining letter boxes and geocoaches at a local park, and created activity kits for students to use throughout a local museum.

She is majoring in microbiology at UCLA and hopes to pursue a career in life science research or international relations.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit here .

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