Jamie R. of Hadley
Marine Conservation

My Gold Award project addressed the lack of knowledge of the issues facing marine life and the need for marine conservation. I looked at the global impact that the health of our oceans has on the health of our world.  I spent many hours conducting research and meeting with teachers to create a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation introduced topics such as whaling, sealing, dolphin slaughter, illegal tuna catching, shark finning, and marine poaching.  I also provided information on what students could do to affect the issues and about organizations that work to protect marine life. 

I made three 2-hour presentations to students at Hopkins Academy. I was thrilled to see students who attended the presentations informing others about the issues and how they could help. I felt like I had become an educator! I kept a blog while working on my project, which many students continue to follow to stay informed on current marine conservation  issues.  I learned a lot through my Gold Award project, most importantly I learned how to present topics that are important to me so that people will listen.

Jamie  has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. Her favorite Girl Scout activities include hiking, bowling, cook-in nights and her trip to Virginia. Jamie is a 2012 graduate of Hopkins Academy where she played varsity softball and was a member of the drama club, band, jazz band, International Club, Mock Trial and the Pro Merito Honors Society. Jamie has volunteered with younger Girl Scout troops, youth softball and soccer programs and at the annual Scottish Festival in her town. Jamie will attend Simmons College in the fall and is considering majors in Environmental Policy and Entrepreneurship.