Fairfax Resident Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Fairfax Resident Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Eleni Antzoulatos of Troop 5462 in Fairfax, was one of 221 Girl Scouts from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) recently recognized for earning the highest award in Girl Scouting. The annual ceremony, called "In Your Honor" was held at Trinity Washington University and celebrated the accomplishments of young women in the region that reached this extraordinary summit.

Eleni is one of only 3 percent of Girl Scouts to earn the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting—the Girl Scout Gold Award. This award is a symbol of outstanding leadership and achievement. This year is especially noteworthy as Girl Scouts celebrated their 100th anniversary.

Eleni has been concerned about environmental issues since she was a Brownie, so it was no surprise that she chose that topic for her Gold Award project. Eleni organized and held an Ecology Awareness Day for the members of her church, St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church (Annandale), local scouts, and the community. She arranged for a variety of educational stations from local, state, and federal agencies and organizations. She also had craft stations themed on environmental issues that concern her. Eleni’s older brother, Nick, created a website to document her project— www.elenigold.com. At her troop ceremony Eleni said, "My Ecology Awareness Day got me involved with some really amazing people while extending my knowledge and understanding of my passions for nature and the environment, not to mention gaining new skills that will benefit me for the rest of my life."

Eleni is the daughter of Pete and Robin Antzoulatos of Fairfax. She’s been a very active member of Girl Scouts for the last 11 years. She’s currently volunteering as a Leader in Training with a Brownie Troop in her Service Unit. She’s also working on her fourth religious award—God and Life. Besides Scouting, Eleni loves Chemistry, History and Spanish, and she enjoys sports, especially volleyball and basketball.

Girl Scouts and GSCNC is committed to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. To join, volunteer, or donate visit http://www.gscnc.org