BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Gabrielle Garizio of Brookfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, Garizio completed a project to create awareness about honeybees. She found through research that the honeybee population is on the decline in the U.S. She decided to educate her community about the honeybee population shortage and taught them what would happen if there were no more pollinators.
She built and distributed multiple bee houses in the community so bees will be able to nest and build hives.
She also created a Facebook page called “Bee Aware – Girl Scout Gold Award” where she shared photos, facts and other information about bees. And she planted pollinator-friendly bulbs in her town garden.
All three efforts will continue to be maintained to promote healthy honeybee populations.
After high school, she plans to earn a biology degree and then become a doctor.
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Gold Award requires a high school age Girl Scout to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community.
A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Nationally, only 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
The Girl Scouts all began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of one girl. Girl Scouts of Connecticut are now more than 52,000 members strong. They are part of a sisterhood of 2.7 million around the globe.
“Since 1916, approximately 1 million Girl Scouts have made a sustainable impact in their communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years.”
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, click here .