From March 15-19, ten extraordinary teenage Girl Scouts gathered in Washington, D.C. to be celebrated. Hailing from across the nation, including Puerto Rico and Hawaii, this year's honorees embody the outstanding leadership, personal development and commitment necessary to earn this prestigious honor. Their dedication and time invested on their projects were honored at the Girl Scout Gold Award Young Women of Distinction event in our nation's capital. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. It symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development. Between 3,000 and 3,500 Senior Girl Scouts earn the award each year — less than three percent of all Senior Girl Scout
Tamaron Jang, 17 is one of the ten recipients this year. Ms. Jang of Lafayette, California, spent a lot of time in her parent's optometry practice in Oakland's Chinatown. For her Gold Award project, "Chain Reaction of Knowledge," she decided she wanted to help that community by promoting Hepatitis B awareness.
Fluent in Chinese and interested in medicine, Tamaron created an informative brochure. She passed out over 400 brochures containing Hepatitis B information at a booth in Chinatown and promoted free screenings. The result? One hundred fifty people signed up for free screenings at a local lab. The biggest sign of success was when people also brought their family and friends to sign up as well. Tamaron calls it the "chain reaction of knowledge" with the brochure still circulating in the community, the chain continues.
Tamaron is currently a lab assistant and will major in Biology when she begins college this fall. She will continue in Girl Scouting as a Campus Girl Scout. (Source: US Girl Scouts news release).