TRUMBULL, Conn. — Lahari Kota of Trumbull has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, Kota began teaching dance lessons at her local elementary school after noticing that children weren’t inclined to physical activity.
With the help of a club at her high school SELF (Spirit, Empowerment, Love, Fulfillment), she also brought different physical activities to her lessons.
She started a blog filled with fun exercise activities for children. Members from the SELF Club will continue to upload fun activities to her blog, and members from her project will continue to teach lessons to elementary school students in the upcoming years.
She is attending the University of Connecticut as a biological sciences major and is on the pre-med track.
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.