Making a Difference

Encinitas Girl Scouts Agnes Lin, Katherine Weinzierl, and Julie and Jaycie Roshala have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award – the organization’s highest honor – for demonstrating extraordinary leadership by identifying and tackling social issues.

Each of the girls took on different topics for their Gold Award projects. Agnes (above left), who will be a senior at San Dieguito Academy this fall, focused on introducing children to art by facilitating a series of nine workshops at three elementary schools, with each session culminating in an exhibit. She partnered with two nonprofits to provide art programming for lower-income children of migrant families and to integrate her lesson plans and projects into the STEAM elective at one of the schools.

Katherine (above right) wanted to focus on spreading awareness about the declining Monarch butterfly population. She educated kids, planted and distributed milkweed and butterfly bush plants, and donated children’s books to local schools and libraries.

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Julie and Jaycie, who are twins, both graduated from San Dieguito Academy last year, and now attend University of California Los Angeles. For her project, Julie assembled a volunteer team to plant a succulent garden at Leucadia Oaks Park, and held five community workshops about water conservation and incorporating drought-tolerant plants at home. Jaycie’s project encouraged healthy living by painting mile markers for athletes running along the coastal stretch from Swami’s State Beach to Cardiff State Beach. She educated the community about the new resource, which she designed to encourage residents to get out and exercise.

The girls were among 58 Gold Award winners honored during a recent ceremony at Copley Symphony Hall. For more information go to www.sdgirlscouts.org.