Friday, August 12, 2016

Gold Awardee Receives Scepter of Light Award at Elena of Avalor's Royal Debut

Something magical happened at Walt Disney World. On Thursday, the Crown Princess Elena of Avalor—Disney’s first Latina princess and star of Disney Channel’s new animated series Elena of Avalor—made her royal debut at Magic Kingdom. And Girl Scouts of Citrus was there to give her a royal welcome!

Princess Elena of Avalor, the first Latin-inspired Disney princess, receives a royal welcome from Girl Scouts of Citrus on Aug. 11, 2016 during her arrival at Magic Kingdom Park. (Photo credit: David Roark)
As part of the royal debut, the inaugural Elena of Avalor—Scepter of Light Award was presented at the Cinderella Castle stage to Orlando Girl Scout Ashley Chico, who recently received her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest recognition a Girl Scout can earn, with recipients completing Take Action projects that demonstrate extraordinary leadership, including compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, and courage—the very leadership qualities that Elena of Avalor models.

For her project, 17-year-old Ashley created Project CODE which provides STEM resources - including classes and workshops - for students in under-served communities. Ashley also developed the CHICO HealthCare app, which allows patients who are illiterate to share their personal and medical information via tablet, using voice recognition in any language, so that they can register to receive medical care. Ashley celebrated her incredible achievement by spending the day at Magic Kingdom with her sisters (who are also Girl Scouts!) where they met Jenna Ortega, the voice of Princess Isabel!

CEO of Girl Scouts of Citrus, Maryann Barry (left), and Executive Vice President of Original Programming and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, Nancy Kanter (right), award Girl Scout Ashley Chico of Orlando, Fla. with the inaugural Scepter of Light award representing The Gold Award. (Photo credit: Kent Phillips)




Members of the Girl Scouts of Citrus council were on stage to represent Girl Scouts of the USA’s and Disney Channel’s new collaboration, a week after the two organizations announced they are teaming up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. Available in English and Spanish, the guide showcases activities and conversations parents and caregivers can engage their preschool through fifth-grade girls in to boost their everyday leadership skills and prepare them to create the future they imagine.

Check out more magical highlights from Thursday's event below plus read Ashley's guest blog:

Princess Elena of Avalor, the first Latin-inspired Disney princess, receives a royal welcome from Girl Scouts of Citrus during her arrival at Magic Kingdom Park. (Photo credit: Matt Stroshane)

Princess Elena of Avalor, the first Latin-inspired Disney princess, receives a royal welcome from Cinderella and Prince Charming (Photo credit: David Roark)


Princess Elena of Avalor, the first Latin-inspired Disney princess, receives a royal welcome from Girl Scouts of Citrus during her arrival at Magic Kingdom Park. (Photo credit: Matt Stroshane)

Girl Scout Ashley Chico  celebrating her Elena of Avalor - Scepter of Light Award with her sisters and actress Jenna Ortega, voice of Princess Isabel on Elena of Avalor





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