Murphy Girl Scout Earns Highest Award
Murphy,TX — Girl Scout Ambassador Téa McCormack, a Murphy resident, was recently honored by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for having earned the Gold Award. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities-and beyond.
"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms," said Jennifer Bartkowski, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. "They saw a need and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership is making the world a better place."
Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
Téa’s project was a STEM based maker space project kit program for the Kindergarten classes at Harrington Elementary in Plano, TX. Always being interested in STEM, Téa recognized that often students are not introduced to topics until middle school. She wanted to bring STEM to younger students. For her Gold Award Project she developed seven maker space STEM project kits. One kit challenged the students to make an igloo out of marshmallows and toothpicks; another had them cleaning up an oil spill using the items provided.
To determine the successfulness of her project, she created a survey for the teachers before and after program implementation. The results showed that the students not only had more access to STEM, but also began to enjoy more STEM activities. Teacher and project advisor Amy Lopez said, “The students enjoy these new activities for their big centers. The sustainability of the project will make sure that students at Harrington Elementary have the opportunity to learn about STEM.”
Téa is a recent graduate of Plano East Senior High School and will be attending Arizona State University in the fall.