Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts proudly celebrated the achievements of our girls both earning the Gold Award, and bridging to adulthood on June 23, 2014 in the Great Hall of Massachusetts State House. More than sixty girls were honored for completing the rigorous Gold Award and many others were honored for bridging into adulthood.
Prior to the ceremony, Gold Award recipients displayed presentations detailing their projects. Friends, families, and other girls browsed the exhibits and learned the extent to which these extraordinary young women helped others.
During a special candle ceremony, Girl Scouts reflected on the journeys they’ve completed and read alumnae quotes on what scouting meant to them. Each girl receiving the Gold Award and bridging was personally congratulated by Council President, Elizabeth Stevenson and Chief Program Officer Melanie Wills.
Corporate Partner TD Bank’s Vice President and Field Marketing Manager, Jerry Copsinis, State Representative Patricia Haddad, and Chief of Staff for Senator Gale D. Candaras, Lauren Corcoran, attended the ceremony and offered words for the honorees.
The speakers lauded the achievements of the young women, and Rep. Haddad issued a challenge. She emphasized her confidence that the girls will accomplish great things, be leaders, and have bright futures, charging them with a task to “be the first, not the only” in everything that they do. Rep. Hadded continued that she hoped each girl honored would open doors for the women who come after them, allowing future generations to stand on their shoulders, and reach new heights.
These girls have served their communities, both near and far, and have exemplified the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Council President Elizabeth Stevenson said it best, “As you move forward in life, whether your path takes you to college, a trade school, the military, or directly out into the work force, you can take pride in knowing that you have what it takes to make the world a better place.”