Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Girl Scouts Participated in Live TV Extravaganza on American Graduate Day

Girl Scouts was celebrated as an American Graduate Champion on Saturday, October 3, at WNET’s American Graduate Day 2015 event. National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan and Gold Award recipient Tazim Merchant appeared on a panel with moderator Susie Gharib, senior correspondent, in which they discussed how Girl Scouts helps girls in their education and career. The seven-hour extravaganza showcased celebrities and advocates who encourage and help students to graduate from high school. Our participation was a prime example of how the Girl Scout experience helps girls succeed.

Kathy, who is passionate about education and is currently working on her PhD, talked about the importance of the skills girls learn through Girl Scouts, while Tazim talked about the tutoring project she created for her Gold Award, as well as her other recent accomplishments.

Girl Scouts was also featured in a segment demonstrating how girls learn to solve problems and build their STEM skills through robotics. The WAGS (We Are Girl Scouts) robotics team from Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey—Caroline Cardinale, Nikita Nangia, and Sanjna Ravachanda—demonstrated their robot, and team leader Nikita was interviewed by reporter Lauren Wanko.

All in all, the girls shined as representatives for their sisters across the country and showed in a big way the amazing things Girl Scouts can do! 

Earning the Gold Award and leading conversations on STEM and education are just two of the incredible opportunities girls have access to through Girl Scouts. If you’re inspired by these stories and would like more information on joining Girl Scouts, please visit