GREENWICH, Conn. -- Nine Greenwich Girl Scouts recently earned their Gold Awards, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting given to high school girls.
Danielle Annunziata, Nicole Annunziata, Christina Brown, Cara English, Caroline Feda, Gabrielle Liflander, Samantha Salkin, Virginia E. Stewart and Kathryn Cornell Webster were each bestowed with the honor after conceiving of and completing community service projects.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut gave the award to 70 girls across the state. Gold Awards have been given to high-achieving girl scouts since 1916, according to the Girl Scout website.
Danielle Annunziata worked with Off-Beat Players Inc., a theater company that brings together youth from all backgrounds to participate in a performing arts program. Danielle worked behind the scenes and onstage, creating a video that can be used each year to raise awareness of the organization. She will be attending Manhattanville College.
Nicole Annunziata created a marketing plan for the Off Beat Players to use annually to recruit actors and supporters for the group. She worked to gain financial supporters, to increase the number of volunteers to work at the performances, and to bring more community involvement and attendance at the shows. She will attend Southern Methodist University.
After taking a cooking class at Greenwich High School and being unable to taste anything due to a gluten intolerance, Christina Brown developed a gluten-free cookbook for students with a similar allergy. Thanks to her efforts, students with gluten intolerance will now have their own kitchen dedicated to gluten-free baking. Christina’s cookbook will be utilized in future cooking classes, and she will be distributing copies of the recipes to local middle schools. She will study communications at James Madison University in the fall.
Cara English developed a program that promoted physical fitness through dance to teenagers at her local Boys & Girls Club. She taught hip-hop dance classes and held nutritional workshops in an effort to combat child obesity. She also created a hip-hop DVD and a healthy eating habits book with lesson plans and activities for future use.
Caroline Feda created a weekly book club at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich for first- and second-graders to enhance their reading skills. She also created a comprehensive inventory of children’s books at the club.
Gabrielle Liflander's Gold Award project, “Math Girls Add Up!,” was a 10-week program for third and fourth grade girls that introduced them to famous women in math and science, taught at the Waterside School in Stamford. She created a website for Waterside students to download fun math and science activities and provided a copy of the curriculum to Waterside administrators.
Samantha Salkin formed The Friends of Animals Club at Eastern Middle School, which focused on educating students about safe ways to interact with animals and how to help animals in the community.
Virginia Stewart's Gold Award project, “Read and Share Book Swap,” collected age-appropriate books for the Town of Greenwich’s preschool. She also led her team to build a bookcase and presented at a local church about how parents can teach their children to read. There will now be a continuous book swap at the preschool. She will attend Sacred Heart University in the fall.
Kathryn Webster designed Braille menus for Cosi Restaurant in an effort to ensure that visually impaired persons had the same opportunities to choose from a menu. With the help of her team that included persons fluent in Braille, she created seven menus for the restaurant.