Fishing For A Cause

Cadet Wenners with her Gold Award project at the MA State House

The highest award a Girl Scout can receive is the Gold Award and 3/C Meg Wenners, a Cardinal Spellman High School (MA) grad and current Energy Systems Engineering major, just put one in her pocket!

The project that earned her this honor was designed around recycling used fishing line. “I built fishing line receptacles for people to place line they wanted to discard. Any line placed in these receptacles is recycled properly and kept out of the environment where it can hurt wildlife. Fishing line that is left on the ground tends to end up in ponds or eaten by animals. When it gets into a body of water, it endangers aquatic wildlife. I chose this for my project because seeing all the fishing line trash on the ground made me very upset and I wanted to do something about it,” Wennners reported. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable “Take Action” projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. A girl must spend a minimum of 80 hours working on her project, usually over a period of one to two years. This past spring Wenners along with other Massachusetts Gold Award recipients presented their projects at the Massachusetts State house and were recognized at a ceremony in the Great Hall.

Wenners chose to attend MMA to pursue a degree in the engineering field. ”I wanted a different kind of engineering though.  Energy seemed to fit the bill.  I also wanted a major that offered an amazing job after the degree,” she stated.  “You own your own journey - so don’t be afraid to take risks.  As a matter of fact,  don’t be afraid of anything,” she added.

Another Girl Scout on campus raking in the honors is Elizabeth Stevenson, LP.D, Captain and Vice President of Enrollment Management and External Affairs who was one of three women to receive a 2018 Leading Woman award from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.  This award celebrates the power within every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM to change the world.