Jamaal "Crypto J" Solomon
Guest Teen Judge Wins Prestigious Girl Scout Award!
We are proud to announce that our 2020 business pitch competition judge Ashley Zingale achieved the designation of Gold Award Girl Scout. Ashley was our competition's special teen judge. Only 6% of Girl Scouts are recognized each year with this honor. In addition to being recognized with a badge and a certificate, the Gold Award often lead to academic scholarships and other financial awards for college. Due to the pandemic, the official awards ceremony was canceled. Upon being designated with the Gold Award, Girl Scouts of the USA selects ten of the Gold Award Girl Scouts, nominated by local councils, as National Gold Award Winners. They are chosen based on their projects demonstrating extraordinary leadership, measurable and sustainable impact, and whether it addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue.
Ashley Zingale’s project focused on teaching financial literacy to middle school students in an effort to make the youth more financially responsible as they grow older. She created detailed materials, a website and taught lessons at a local Middle School, as well as the local Public Library. Ashley's dedication to finance has also been demonstrated through her leadership position of Chief Financial Officer for her high school's Virtual Enterprise. Ashley was vice president of public relations for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club and was awarded the Recognition of Excellence Award this past spring. She will be attending the Honors College at Adelphi University, starting in September.
I had the opportunity and honor to work with Ashley. I was very impressed with her level of professionalism at such an young age. Ashley was a great role model to the youth pitch competition's contestants. Ashley has a bright future ahead of her. On behalf our organization, we want to wish Ashley the best of luck in college. We would love for her to come back and volunteer again!
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