Friday, February 7, 2014

Going for Gold

In honor of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, we're highlighting two of our very own Girl Scouts who have made a big impact in their respective communities. 

The Girl Scouts Gold Award
High school students in the Girl Scouts are tasked with projects that can take a considerable amount of time to complete– the pinnacle being the Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is open only to girls in high school. According to,this prestigious award challenges you to change the world—or at least your corner of it. By the time you put the final touches on your seven-step project, you'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future.”

Following the guidelines given from their troops, senior Girl Scouts use these seven steps to plan their project:
1. Identify an issue
2. Investigate it thoroughly
3. Get help and build your team
4. Create a plan
5. Present your plan and gather feedback
6. Take action
7. Educate and inspire

Lucy Cervino '14
A senior at Rosary, Lucy has been a Girl Scout for thirteen years– building friendships, participating in community service, and even traveling abroad to England and France to gain leadership skills.

As a young girl, Cervino spent many afternoons at Rosary with her older sister, Gina ’04, who was a member of the Mock Trial team and the newspaper staff. She would often walk around campus to pass the time, becoming familiar with each hallway, each door, and the hidden spots she found fun to explore. As she stepped onto campus in 2010 as a freshman, Lucy reminisced on her childhood experiences at Rosary. It became clear to her what she would do to honor those moments, thus beginning the planning for the St. Francis Reflection Garden.
Lucy wanted to create a space that promoted prayer, serenity, and peace for all who stepped foot on campus. She knew this would be a place for students, faculty, staff, and guests to take a little break during the day.

Construction on the garden began in the summer. Situated behind Room 200, Lucy worked 110 hours to create an aesthetically pleasing space.  She worked with Mr. Tom Tice Sr. and Mr. Patrick Nunez to develop sketches, plant lists, and maintenance plans.  

Her project came to a close as Lucy’s classmates, basketball teammates, and family joined her for a blessing of the garden. Father Michael Hanafin welcomed the crowd and blessed the soil in a dedication ceremony.  In the middle of the reflection garden stands a statue of St. Francis. On his feast day, Rosary religion classes used this space for a blessing of the animals.  

You can often find someone sitting on a bench in the garden, enjoying a quiet moment. Lucy hopes that this space will continue to be an inviting and serene place for the Rosary community to gather. 

Halina Szymanski '14
"Since I have recently rejoined Girl Scouts, my experience has been wonderful. Not only have I gotten closer to the other girls in my troop, but I have also formed stronger ties with my community. My troop participates in many events, and we work with all kinds of people – from younger girl scouts to the elderly in nursing homes. By working with and helping different people, Girl Scouts has shown me the importance of community service. Seeing the positive effects our work has on others encourages me to continue helping my community. Girl Scouts has taught me the importance of hard work as well. In addition to participating in community-serving activities, my troop hosts events through which we as a troop earn money. These events take months of prep-work, but by keeping our final goals in mind, we persevere. For example, last summer we were able to take a trip to Europe, much of which was financed by money we made as a troop from such events.

Inspired by previous community service and the encouragement of our leaders, last summer each girl in my troop decided to take on her own Gold Award project. For my project, I decided that I wanted to help little kids, so I partnered with the Salvation Army in Santa Fe Springs, which houses families of women and children who need a place to go and help to get back on their feet. At the Salvation Army, I cleaned up and redecorated the preschool classroom. With the help of family and friends, I repainted the classroom, painted murals in each of the two bathrooms, installed new window treatments, and cleaned up. While I was working on my project, the preschoolers would come in and tell me how much they liked the mural, and the teachers would say what a good job I was doing. This positive feedback made me realize that I was truly making an impact and inspired me to take on similar projects in the future. Not only did I help others through my project, but I learned a lot about myself as well.

For the remainder of my senior year, I hope to enjoy myself and prepare for college. I also plan on doing more community service, such as with the Kingdom Fair project in religion class. This time I hope to help a whole new group of people. In the future, I hope to become a doctor and help those who cannot help themselves. I also hope to one day travel the world. I want to be able to experience new cultures, see new places, and meet new people."     


We are proud of these two Royals for their accomplishments! 
Congratulations Lucy and Halina! 

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