We are very proud of Amanda (Mandy) Judah, a Girl Scout from Wayland, MA, who this week was named a Distinguished Finalist for the 21st Annual National Awards Program. Mandy’s volunteerism is exceptional, as is her engagement with Girl Scouting.
Mandy has been a member of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for 12 years, and last year had the distinction of serving as a Girl Member of the Board of Directors. Through Girl Scouts, Mandy has been able to travel internationally and to Savannah, GA, the birthplace of Girl Scouts. She earned her Silver Award with a project on literacy support for prisoners.
Mandy was recognized by the National Awards Program for her Gold Award project, through which she created toolkits featuring the stories of four local historic women: Lucy Larcom, Ida Annah Ryan, Cornelia Warren and Stephanie Wilson. Inspired to promote these important women because their lack of inclusion in school curriculum, she recruited a team of 20 student volunteers and experts to help research and approve the toolkits. She distributed the toolkits to third grade teachers to use in their classrooms. Mandy, along with other GSEM Gold Awardees, will be recognized a ceremony to be held at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, June 13.
Mandy says: “I know that my experience as a Girl Scout has given me a solid foundation, and it will get me far in life.” Mandy’s example of volunteerism, leadership and empowerment—qualities at the heart of Girl Scouting—shines as a bright example for girls everywhere.