Naples Girl Scout Opens Girls’ Eyes to STEM

HeadshotCollier County resident and Naples High School graduate Emily Hugan has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Sisters in STEM.

Passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), but disappointed in the lack of female representation in the field, Hugan was determined to encourage and educate younger girls about STEM opportunities. She hosted a workshop with interactive engineering, chemistry, and filmography stations. To reinforce her event, Hugan created a podcast targeted to girls that highlights influential female figures in STEM throughout history.

“I now know that the purpose of being a leader is not for the betterment of yourself, but the betterment of others,” shared Hugan.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that 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.

Congratulations, Emily!



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