Local Girl Scout Ephemia Nicolakis has earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The title of her Gold Award project is “Eco-Orthodox: Where Orthodoxy Meets Sustainability.” She was recognized on Sunday, June 6 at the organization’s Gold Award Celebration.
The Girl Scout Gold Award requires Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 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 Girl Scout’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Nationally, only 6 percent of older Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
Ephemia created Eco-Orthodox to provide a set of sustainability suggestions and steps that houses of worship can follow and easily implement to transform their communities from harmful to healthy. While EcoOrthodox is geared towards Orthodox churches, Ephemia says this plan can be implemented within any home or organization across the globe.
“The Gold Award process and Girl Scouts as a whole taught me the importance of a well-thought out plan and preparation. I have already begun to apply my work and experiences from my Gold Award in my college education!” said Ephemia.
“I am so proud of Ephemia and all of our Gold Award Girl Scouts for taking the lead and spending over 80+ hours solving real problems in their communities,” said Diana Mahoney, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Nationally, less than 6 percent of girls earn the highest award in Girl Scouting. By earning this award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as leaders in their community and true examples of go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders.”
Ephemia was also a recipient of a 2021 Gold Award Scholarship, awarded to only eight Girl Scouts at the Gold Award ceremonies.
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit gsofct.org.