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Encinitas Gold Award Girl Scouts honored

Agnes Lin
Agnes Lin Courtesy

Girl Scouts Agnes Lin, sisters Julie and Jaycie Roshala, and Katherine Weinzierl — all from Encinitas — have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

Gold Award Girl Scouts demonstrate extraordinary leadership by identifying and tackling social issues. Each candidate spends one to two years developing and implementing projects with sustainable impacts in local and global communities. She addresses the root cause of a problem, builds and oversees a volunteer team, meets measurable goals, and positively influences people’s beliefs, attitudes, assumptions and behaviors.

For her Gold Award project, Agnes focused on introducing children to art. She facilitated a series of nine workshops at three elementary schools, with each session culminating in an exhibit. At one of the schools, she partnered with nonprofit organization Los Angelitos to provide art programming for lower-income children of migrant families. Another nonprofit integrated Agnes’ lessons plans and projects into its STEAM elective. Agnes is entering her senior year at San Dieguito Academy this fall. She started Girl Scouts as a Daisy in kindergarten, and is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1636, led by her mother, Jennifer Lin.

Julie Roshala
Jaycie and Julie Roshala Courtesy

Jaycie and Julie, who are identical twins, had both previously earned Bronze and Silver Awards (the highest awards for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes, respectively) as members of Troop 1386. The sisters graduated from San Dieguito Academy in 2017, and now attend UCLA as environmental science majors.

To earn her Gold Award, Jaycie encouraged healthy living in her community. She and her team painted 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.

Julie combined her passion for preserving the environment by creating a succulent garden at Leucadia Oaks Park. Her project beautified a previously unused space, and created an opportunity to teach the public about water conservation. She assembled a volunteer team to plant the garden, and held five community workshops about water conservation and incorporating drought-tolerant plants at home. The garden and Julie’s educational materials remain available for the community.

Katherine Weinzierl
Katherine Weinzierl Courtesy

A 90 percent drop in the population of Monarch butterflies over the past few decades motivated Katherine of Troop 1297 to spread awareness about the issue and generate enthusiasm for saving them. She educated kids, planted and distributed milkweed and butterfly bush plants, and donated children’s books to local schools and libraries. Katherine has always loved butterflies, and her Gold Award project enabled her to take initiative and stand up for something she believes in.

The Encinitas residents are among 58 Girl Scouts in San Diego who earned the Gold Award this year. They were honored during a recent ceremony at Copley Symphony Hall that featured keynote speaker Mary Jean Anderson, owner/president of Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air. Shreya Huilgol, a 2015 Gold Award Girl Scout, was the emcee, and Girl Scouts San Diego Vice Chair Liza Crisafi also participated in the program.

"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement,” said Carol M. Dedrich, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. “These young women exemplify leadership in all its forms.”

Less than six percent of Girl Scouts nationwide attain the prestigious award. Gold Award Girl Scouts can earn special college scholarships, and jump to higher rankings when entering military service. They tend to achieve high educational and career outcomes, and be especially active in their communities.

Girl Scouts is the world’s best leadership development organization for girls. Through programs focused on the outdoors, STEM, entrepreneurship and life skills, Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure in a safe, girl-focused space. All girls in grades K-12 and adult volunteers are welcome join Girl Scouts any time during the year. For more information contact Megan Quirk at 619-610-0694 or mquirk@sdgirlscouts.org.

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