I completed my Girl Scout Gold Award in the summer of before I began my senior year of high school. I designed a government camp for underprivileged girls by working in tandem with Girls Inc. For three days, the girls and I worked through the ins and outs of local, state, and federal legislative processes, like writing, proposing, voting on, and passing bills for Congress, as well as running for a political office. I also invited Patricia Bell, a Birmingham mayoral candidate, and Patricia Todd, a representative in the Alabama House of Representatives, to speak to the girls about the importance of their voices and female voices in general in government. The girls then wrote letters to their local, state, and federal representatives. I think the reason I am so passionate about the topic of civics and citizenship is because I spent years learning and teaching others about this amazing country and the hard-won freedom the founding fathers fought for. My Gold Award is basically a smaller-scale version of Girls State and is heavily influenced by my experiences serving at both American Village and as a page.
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It premiered at Carnegie Hall in What drew me to The Little Match Girl is that the strength of the story lies not in its plot but in the fact that all its parts—the horror and the beauty—are constantly suffused with their opposites. The girl's bitter present is locked together with the sweetness of her past memories; her poverty is always suffused with her hopefulness. There is a kind of naive equilibrium between suffering and hope