RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Alexandra DiGiacomo of Ridgefield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, DiGiacomo addressed the rapid decline of many shark populations worldwide due to overfishing, shark finning and unsustainable fishing methods.
She wrote and published an illustrated children’s book, "A Familiar Fin," about a shark and a young boy who build a friendship to help readers sympathize with sharks.
She read her book to children in her community, published articles on her blog and created her own website to promote shark conservation.
Copies of her book remain in the pediatrics department of her local hospital, a local bookstore, a local book camp and an elementary school. Information on her blog and website will remain online.
She plans to study marine biology in college and pursue a career in marine conservation.
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.”
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, click here .