Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Diana Greymountain Excited to say Yá'át'ééh (hello) to President Barack Obama

Diana Greymountain, a 16 year-old Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is visiting the White House today.

Greymountain reports to the Huffington Post that she will be going to the White House because President Barack Obama will be posthumously awarding Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"I have a connection with Mrs. Low," she writes. "On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she founded Girl Scouts, a month before my home state of Arizona became a state. I'm from Page, Arizona, and have followed in Mrs. Low's path by becoming a Girl Scout. Tomorrow, her family will receive the Medal of Freedom -- the highest honor a civilian can get -- on Mrs. Low's behalf and I'll be there representing Girl Scouts."

Greymountain is currently working towards her Girl Scout Gold Award and is set to be the first young woman of Navajo heritage to earn the award. Her project involves working with the National Park Service to refurbish a local trail. She is leading the effort to re-mark, make signage for, and rediscover the cultural significance of the Hanging Garden Trail in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

"It will be an honor to attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony because Juliette Gordon Low has inspired me throughout my life," writes Greymountain. "It was amazing to think that she founded the Girl Scouts in a time when women were not well-represented in America. Now, there are millions of us all over the country. Everywhere I go in my life, I will always meet women who were once Girl Scouts."