Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has. Those who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities. During the school year 2018 – 2019, we were lucky enough to partner with two Girl Scouts who competed for Gold Award projects for HFS.
Thank you to Girl Scout Hannah Sobota, who for her Girl Scout Gold Award, took on the Herculean task of sorting through the first 20 years of HFS history. Hannah has put in over 80 hours of work either personally or directing others in numerous tasks. Her work has created a framework that will guide the organization of the remaining 50 years of HFS’s primary source material. In addition to sorting and organizing 20 years of HFS materials, Hannah created a video and table displays for the Circle of Hope Gala in June 2019. HFS Board Secretary Marianne Wright was her adviser on the project.
Hannah is a Senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart High School in La Canada. She plays Varsity Basketball, AYSO Soccer, and works daily at the Saint Mark’s School after school program. Hannah is an internationally adopted child from YangChun in Southern China, so adoption and the work that HFS does in the community is close to her heart.
Thank you to Sarah Callahan, who for her Girl Scout Gold Award, decided to make a safety video for parents when it comes to caring for their toddlers. Prior to her working with HFS, Sarah connected to HFS’s mission statement and was enthusiastic about working in this space. Sarah worked with Executive Director Julie Brown, who gave her ideas on possible projects she could do that would really benefit the agency. Together, Julie and Sarah arrived at creating a video about safety caring for toddlers, that could educate parents on child safety in a fun and interesting way. Sarah says “The whole experience was super amazing and rewarding. Thank you so much HFS for working with me!”
Sarah is a Junior at Arcadia High School. She has been a Girl Scout since she was five years old and she loves to sing, dance, act, and play guitar. She sings on the worship team at church and enjoys cross-fit when she’s not too busy with school and theater. Sarah always looks forward to spending time with her friends and family.