NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Chelsea Lopez of New Fairfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, Lopez created a computerized system in her temple’s library that categorized, alphabetized and entered over 1,000 books about Jewish culture into the database.
Now members of all ages can check out books from the library and gain more knowledge of their religion.
From now on, student-teacher aides will be in the library to help check out books to members and keep the database alphabetized and organized.
She currently attends the University of Pittsburgh and majors in psychology. She wants to become an occupational therapist.
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.”
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