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December 21, 2004 > Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scout Gold Award

by Cathy Weber

Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area- Union City Association will confer the highest award possible in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award, on one of its most accomplished members, Elizabeth Cox. Nationally only 3 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

The award was presented to Ms. Cox on Dec. 20, at the Union City Council Chambers in City Hall. Those invited to attend included Union City Mayor Mark Green, Fire Chief Chris Maxwell, Police Chief Randy Ulibarri, and representatives from Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area.

"Elizabeth Cox is a role model," said Cathy Weber, former Association Coordinator. "I'm hoping other girls will look at her and be inspired." Mrs. Weber will be presenting the Gold Award to Ms. Cox. Mrs. Weber described her as, "someone whom it is a privilege to know."

People frequently use superlatives when describing Ms. Cox. Rhonda Miller, who has known her for the last seven years, noted, "Two words for her: "Rising Star!" Nothing can stop her and, better than that I think she knows it."

"Elizabeth's boundless energy and aspirations have been an inspiration to me. More than once I have told myself that if she can carry all the projects she is part of, then I could certainly do a little more too," said Mrs. Miller.

To earn her Gold Award, Ms. Cox designed curriculum for an outdoor safety class for elementary school kids, including playground safety, simple first aid and what to do if you are lost. Ms. Cox conducted a series of safety classes at several elementary schools in Union City.

"When I first meet Elizabeth four years ago, I was immediately impressed by her talent for capturing people's attention and making them feel comfortable. I had the pleasure of attending one of the many safety clinics she held and was amazed at the smooth way she handled the children, calming them down, and getting them to focus while still having a good time with them," Mrs. Weber said.

Now 18 years old and a freshman at the UC Irvine, Ms. Cox is busy studying drama. She intends to return to Union City this summer to help out at the annual Union City Association camporee.

The official website of Girl Scouts of the USA describes the Gold Award as one a scout will "wish to be remembered for." The website adds that working to earn the award brings those who attempt it, "the leadership skills, organizational skills, and the sense of community and commitment [developed] set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship."

Ms. Cox became involved in girl scouting 11 years ago as a second grader. Earning many awards and badges along the way, Ms. Cox graduated last spring from Logan High School. She was a member of the Drama Club serving as president one year and as an officer for two. During her four years at Logan, she performed or assisted backstage for every play. She is the daughter of Steve and Lydia Cox of Union City, and has a 13 year-old sister who is a Cadet Girl Scout and a 14 year-old brother, who is a Boy Scout.

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