Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Florida Gold Girl Scout Joslyn Simmons Met With President Obama

The Florida Times-Union reports that Joslyn Simmons will travel to Gainesville in December to receive her Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve.

In June, Joslyn was one of eight Gold Award winners who met with President Barack Obama during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts.

On their first night in Washington, DC, Joslyn and her Mother attended a reception where they met Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. The next day, Joslyn went to the White House. After being prepped by an aide to First Lady Michelle Obama, she joined the other girls as each was introduced to the president.

“He’s very easy-going,” Joslyn said. “He asked your name and where you are from. Then he talked about the impact of the Girl Scouts. He said he felt like Girl Scouts were making a difference.”

She was particularly impressed that Obama, who was running slightly behind schedule, kept the Super Bowl champion New York Giants waiting so he could meet first with the Girl Scouts.

Joslyn had completed the requirements for her Gold Award just a month earlier with a workshop she called Sports 4 Life. Held at her church, First Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville Beach, the event drew about 30 kids between 4 and 14.

With help from some of her friends, Joslyn gave presentations on football, basketball, volleyball and baseball and then talked about the importance of a healthy diet. She said she plans to do another Sports 4 Life session next spring.

Joslyn used to play basketball herself until a torn knee ligament ended her playing days. But she’s still a huge sports fan.

She loves to watch ESPN and her favorite teams include the Philadelphia Eagles in football, the Miami Heat in basketball and the Florida State Seminoles in all sports. She aims to someday be an analyst for ESPN.