Earning Gold

Carmel Valley residents and 2016 Torrey Pines High School graduates Samantha Griffith and Michelle Temby have earned Girl Scout Gold Awards for their outstanding leadership and commitment to taking action in their community. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this distinction. Samantha and Michelle are two of 32 Girl Scouts in San Diego who earned the award this year.

Samantha, who has been practicing dance since she was four years old, wanted to share her passion with children living at Community HousingWorks facilities. For her Gold Award project, she choreographed and taught basic ballet and hip hop classes, and also arranged for the volunteer team to keep the lessons available at the facility in the future. Samantha is a member of Troop 1256 and will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall.

Michelle’s Gold Award project addressed the dangers of skin cancer. She educated elementary, middle, and high school students on the damaging effects of the sun and ways to protect skin. She has participated in medical missions to Fiji and Mexico in the past, and realized while working on her Gold Award project that she wants to become a dermatologist. Michelle is a member of Troop 1156 and has previously earned her Bronze Award, the highest honor available to Girl Scout Juniors, and Silver Award, the highest honor available to Cadettes.

This is the centennial year of Girl Scouting’s highest award, which recognizes young women who create meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. Girl Scouts San Diego provides activities for nearly 40,000 girl and adult members, with facilities in Balboa Park, Carlsbad, and Escondido. Learn more at www.sdgirlscouts.org.