Caitlin Choy’s ‘Get Moving’ project earns Girl Scout Gold Award
Ramona Girl Scout Caitlin Choy recently received the Gold Award, Girl Scouts’ highest honor, for her community service project, “Get Moving.”
Believing that young people spend too much time sitting indoors, Choy sought to encourage elementary school students to be more active. For her Gold Award project, she created and led a before-class running program at Ramona Community School.
In addition to inspiring the children to break out of their sedentary habits, she taught them about healthy eating. As an avid runner herself, Choy said it was important that her students develop positive attitudes about getting exercise.
“I wanted to create an opportunity for children to experience the same joy that I have felt as I push my body to get stronger and healthier,” she said.
A Girl Scout since first grade, Choy graduated in June from Ramona High School, where she was chosen as Track and Field’s Most Valuable Player. She is the daughter of Susanne Sapier and a member of Troop 3014.
She earned nine varsity letters in three sports while in high school, earned a 4.56 grade point average, and was Ramona High School’s 2012 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was one of 11 in the region selected to receive a Sunflower Scholarship in memory of Chelsea King, Poway High senior murdered two years ago, and the only one of the 11 to receive the $10,000 Sparkle Scholarship, which was doubled to $20,000.
She will attend University of California, Los Angeles, to study biology and then attend medical school.
Choy is one of 60 local Girl Scouts who received their Gold Award in a recent ceremony at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall.
The Gold Award is presented to only 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide. To earn this award, girls spend two to three years developing and implementing community service projects that make their world a better place. The 2012 honorees worked to improve the lives of senior citizens, teenage mothers, schoolchildren, families, and animals. Their impact stretched from the assisted living facilities of San Diego to the orphanages of Kenya.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides leadership experience for girls. Through Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.
More information about Girl Scouts San Diego girl and adult members, trains volunteers, and maintains three camps and four program and service facilities. For details about the program, visit sdgirlscouts.
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