Highest Honor

Nine-year-old Aubrey Kelsay of Encinitas has been awarded the Girl Scout Medal of Honor, one of the highest honors Girl Scouts can bestow, for helping to save the life of a teacher at Park Dale Lane Elementary School.

Kindergarten teacher Bethany Luna was on the Park Dale Lane campus last August when she began choking on a piece of watermelon and was unable to breathe or speak. Several children who encountered her failed to recognize the gravity of the situation, but Aubrey became worried when she saw her former kindergarten teacher. “I love Mrs. Luna and could tell she was in trouble,” the second-grader recalled. Aubrey took action by alerting a teacher, who teamed up with other staff members to aid their colleague.

Bethany credits her former student with saving her life. “If Aubrey had not recognized there was something wrong, bravely evaluated the situation and approached me, then calmly responded in a mature and appropriate manner, I might not be here to watch my own three children grow up,” she said.

Aubrey accepted the medal and a letter of commendation from CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria Chávez during an all-school assembly. Past President of the Girl Scouts of San Diego Board of Directors Debbie Rider made the presentation on behalf of Anna Maria. In the commendation letter read at the assembly, Anna Maria called Aubrey “a girl of courage, confidence, and character” and “a living testament to the highest principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.”

Aubrey is the daughter of Calli and Matt Kelsay. She enjoys participating in Brownie Troop 1043, skateboarding, surfing, and playing the piano. To learn more about Girl Scouts of San Diego visit www.sdgirlscouts.org.