Isha C., a junior from Westwood High School, is a well-rounded Girl Scout. At her short sixteen years, Isha has played soccer and basketball, competed in diving and fencing, joined the National Honor Society and the National Society for High School Scholars, maintained her Girl Scout membership for half her life, has gone scuba diving, bungee jumping, and snow skiing, and has been involved in the Texas Conference for Women and the United Nations Summit in Washington, D.C..
Yet her true love has always been science. Imagine her surprise when she noticed that many of her friends and peers were unclear about how to incorporate their passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) into a career. This sparked and idea in Isha.
Recognizing the need to expose students to a variety of STEM careers, Isha got to work tackling this issue through her Gold Award – the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting. Her Gold Award project focused on offering high schoolers a STEM career education and introducing students to industry professionals with real-life experiences in the field. With support from the Career Technical Educational Academy Specialist at Westwood High School, the STEM Speaker Series was born.
From artificial intelligence to environmental science, Isha invited industry experts to share their journey into their professions. The topics ranged from what they do and what they like about their profession, how they got there, the choices they made, and the challenges they overcame. Through her Gold Award, Isha introduced participating students to unique career opportunities available to them while also developing networking opportunities.
The 105 hours Isha spent on her Gold Award will continue to help educate future students long after she has graduated. Her project received such great interest that her school will be incorporating the program as a standard resource moving forward. She has also trained a new group of students interested in leading the program in the future.
Isha is just one of the many examples of what a Girl Scout Gold Award can accomplish. Gold Award recipients are truly exceptional young women who don’t only think about how they can make their communities better, but they also take action. They create opportunities and break down barriers to help make the world a better place.
“The biggest triumph of my Gold Award process was in building my confidence, becoming a leader, and learning all the skills along the way,” said Isha.
If you’re interested in joining a century of women who have done big things, learning about scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts, and the benefits of going Gold, visit www.gsctx.org/goldaward.