Gwendolyn Peters - Grade 9, Kettering Fairmont High School
On My Honor
Without question, being a member of Girl Scouts for the last ten years has helped me lay a foundation for a positive, happy life. Beginning in kindergarten, I promised, “to serve God and my country, to help people all the times, and to live by the Girl Scout law.” Girl Scouting has afforded me so many opportunities to uphold that promise while enriching my life, and making me a person of courage, confidence and character.
For the last four years I have gone away to Girl Scout camp every summer. These trips away from home have helped me to develop independence and confidence in myself. From sleeping in a tent during violent thunderstorms, to learning first aid and campfire starting, to leading younger girls in songs, games and activities, camp has shown me that I am capable of being a leader while managing and taking care of myself. I have completed counselor in training level one and will be completing level two next summer. I have traveled to Michigan to spend a week on a horse ranch, and to Kentucky for a high ropes zip line adventure inside a cave. Never would I have dreamed in kindergarten that Girl Scouting would provide me with so many opportunities for personal growth, as well as lasting friendships with girls from all over the world.
As a Girl Scout Cadette, I recently completed my Silver Award. For this, I planned, designed and executed a large service learning project for our local animal shelter, SICSA. I taught younger children about the importance of spay/neuter programs, and had them make rice-filled socks to maintain body temperature in post-operative cats and dogs. Caring for animals has always been a passion of mine, and this was a great opportunity to combine that with developing skills that will serve me all my life. I had to speak publicly, design a visual presentation, coordinate schedules with SICSA personnel, work with local businesses to obtain donations of materials, and submit a final report to the Girl Scout council. Having my mom, who is also my Girl Scout leader, pin my Silver Award on my vest last month was one of the proudest moments I can recall.
For as long as I can remember, I have planned to go to college, not only to earn a bachelor’s degree, but to complete my PhD. Both of my parents hold higher degrees; they have always encouraged and inspired me to achieve much in life. I know that earning a doctorate in biopsychology will require discipline, confidence, and above all, the thing I have always possessed, a desire to help others. Being a Girl Scout has laid a foundation for my life by teaching me responsibility, citizenship and service. Having spent my life engaged in my community, forming friendships with others, and pursuing activities that both challenge and make me happy, I firmly believe I can succeed in graduate school and later in life.