Tuesday, June 5, 2012

After Earning Her Girl Scout Gold Award, Georgie Ekechukwu Meets President Barack Obama

A Girl Scout from Augusta, GA, journeyed to Washington, D.C., to meet President Barack Obama after earning the Gold Award for her service project.

CBS News 12 reports that Georgie Ekechukwu, a recent graduate from Greenbrier High School, has made a difference in the lives of battered women one class at a time. Over 12 years of hard work cover Ekechukwu's Girl Scout vest. As her mother, Amy Ekechukwu, points out the badges and accolades, she couldn't be prouder.

"It's not just camping and badges and crafts, it's a service unit," she said.

It was just last week her daughter had a chance to meet the president of the United States.

"It was my first time going on a plane ride," Ekechukwu said.

She was one of five Girl Scouts that joined members of the Juliette Gordon Low family, Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and National President Connie Lindsey at the White House last week. The girls were guests of President Barack Obama at a ceremony honoring 13 recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"I just wanted to help other women and just teach them to protect themselves. If something happened, they could protect themselves."

It's years of hard work that paid off in the form of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Her experience included a tour of the White House, hearing the president speak and shaking hands with him. Now as she plans out her future career, she's still thinking of ways to help support others.