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Two Baldwin High School Seniors Designated Gold Award Girl Scout

Only 6% of Girl Scouts Nationwide Achieve This Honor

Baldwin High School seniors, Marcia Trice Noel and Ashley Zingale, both achieved the designation of Gold Award Girl Scout. Only 6% of Girl Scouts are recognized each year with this honor. In addition to being recognized with a badge and a certificate, the Gold Award will often lead to academic scholarships and other financial awards for college. Due to the pandemic, the official awards ceremony was canceled. Upon being designated with the Gold Award, Girl Scouts of the USA selects ten of the Gold Award Girl Scouts, nominated by local councils, as National Gold Award Winners. They are chosen based on their projects demonstrating extraordinary leadership, measurable and sustainable impact, and whether it addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue. The final winners will be announced in July.

For her Gold Award project, Marcia Noel spearheaded a 30-day wellness challenge at Baldwin High School this past fall, in which she encouraged classmates to complete one healthy task each day — such as not drinking soda or meditating for five minutes each day. Through the morning announcements and working with the principal, Dr. Neil Testa, she was able to promote the challenge school-wide. Newsday featured her project in its Way to Go section. In addition to being a dedicated Girl Scout, she was vice president of her school’s choir, cello player in orchestra, played on the soccer and badminton teams, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Marcia will be attending Long Island University in the Fall. 

Ashley Zingale’s project focused on teaching financial literacy to middle school students in an effort to make the youth more financially responsible as they grow older. She created detailed materials, a website and taught lessons at Baldwin Middle School, as well as the Baldwin Public Library. Ashley's dedication to finance has also been demonstrated through her leadership position of Chief Financial Officer for Baldwin High School’s Virtual Enterprise. Ashley was vice president of public relations for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club and was awarded the Recognition of Excellence Award this past spring. She will be attending the Honors College at Adelphi University, starting in September.