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Priya Batra ’20 earns Girl Scouts' highest award

May 13, 2020

Senior Priya Batra has earned a Girl Scouts Gold Award for her project on stress management and teen girls. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn.

A Girl Scout can pursue the Gold Award if they are in high school, they are registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, and they have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador Journey.

Priya’s project focused on educating teen girls on stress management. She created workshops and taught teens about symptoms and causes of stress and various techniques to get relief.

“I chose to do stress relief workshops because as a high school student I had endured so much stress and had no idea how to handle it,” said Priya. “I wanted to learn ways to relieve stress and manage it and I then realized that I should share that knowledge with my peers in a fun way.” 

Priya planned and executed six workshops that discussed what stress is, what causes it and how to manage it. She collaborated with Madeira’s Health and Wellness Center to incorporate her workshops into Mad Pursuit, a component of the residential evening programming, and through that, was able to share the workshop with the entire boarding community. 

“My favorite part of the project was leading the workshops,” said Priya. “It was so rewarding to see everyone learn so much and enjoy themselves in the workshop, because it took a lot of work to get to that point. I was really nervous about how it was going to play out and what the response would be, but thankfully it went really well, and I am just so thankful to have been able to share my project and knowledge with our community!”

According to Girls Scouts of America, Gold Award Girls Scouts are the “dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.”

Congratulations Priya!