La Jollan Maura Kanter honored at Girl Scouts Gold Award ceremony
From Girl Scout Reports
Maura Kanter, daughter of Elliott and Cathy Kanter of La Jolla and a 2013 La Jolla High School (LJHS) graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her project, adding several new resources for students to the Riford Library.
Kanter, who is the inaugural youth liaison board member of Friends of the La Jolla Branch Library, coordinated multiple student events, including a book signing with author Michael Scott and a lecture series with a college counselor.
She also created a College Room at the library filled with SAT and ACT test preparation books, college guides and other relevant texts for high school students. The College Room recently received a grant from the City of San Diego for two computers to enable students without access at home to apply to colleges online.
With help from the school’s math team, Kanter developed a library-based tutoring program for LJHS students. The former Viking said she was inspired to take on this project to create a lasting impact on current and future LJHS students.
Kanter became a Girl Scout 12 years ago when she joined the organization as a Brownie. She has also earned the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards as an Independent Girl Member. Girl Scouts is a tradition in her family; her sister Elyssa earned the Gold Award in 2011. She will soon begin her freshman year at Johns Hopkins University, where she was accepted as a Hodson Trust scholar. Kanter is among the 48 San Diego Girl Scouts who earned the Gold Award this year. Just 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this level of recognition, and girls typically spend two to three years planning and preparing their unique service projects before earning the award.
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