Gold Award Girl Scout Julia Acker of Salem created videos
SALEM, NH – Staying fit and healthy is always important, but getting kids to be active and eat well has taken on special importance in this era of COVID-19. Gold Award Girl Scout Julia Acker decided to take action to address this need, creating a series of 10 videos called “Sweat N Snack,” showing how kids can create their own healthy snacks and exercise activities.
Acker, 17, of Salem, spent more than 159 hours on her project, earning Girl Scouting’s highest honor for a 12th grader, the Girl Scout Gold Award.
“Julia exceeded her goal to encourage students to exercise and eat healthy,” said George Murray, principal at Fiske Elementary School and her project advisor. “Her video became more detailed and professional as she made them and she utilized her family and friends. Her energy was impressive and inspirational. Our students used the videos that Julia created during remote instruction during the pandemic and through the start of the summer.”
Acker, a high achiever with a 4.2 GPA at Salem High School, found that life went “blank” when the pandemic ended all school extracurriculars. She had been interested in health and nutrition since sixth grade when she got into sports and wanted to be in peak condition.
“You tend to keep up the habits you learn as a child,” she said. “It’s important that kids try to establish those health habits at a young age. Once I decided the area that I wanted to focus on, I thought how to reach kids, especially during the pandemic.”
Limited to family and friends in her pandemic “bubble,” Acker decided to make videos that would be entertaining and informative without being too heavy handed. She came up with activities like obstacles courses and relay races that can be created at home, and showed how to make fruit kabob, parfaits, homemade popsicles, and more. Those videos can be viewed at http://bit.ly/sweatnsnack.
Acker gained invaluable life skills through her work, learning technical skills like video shooting and editing, and organizational and leadership skills.
While she hasn’t chosen a college to attend after graduation this spring yet, Acker is considering a future in physical therapy.
Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. The Gold Award is earned by girls in grades 9–12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in developing sustainable solutions to local, national, and global challenges. Since 1916, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change. They earn college scholarships, demonstrate high educational and career outcomes, and are active in their communities.
Julia Acker has answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change, and her Gold Award is a testament to her remarkable dedication to improving her community and the world. The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable.
About the Girl Scout Gold Award
- Gold Award Girl Scouts on average spend one to two years on their project.
- A Gold Award project must be sustainable after the girl’s involvement ends.
- The average age of Gold Award Girl Scouts is 17.
- Since 1916, more than 1 million girls have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent.
- Gold Award Girl Scouts are entitled to enlist at a higher pay grade when they join the military.
- University research indicates that noting you are a Gold Award Girl Scout on a college application is influential in the admissions decision-making process.
- Eleven young women from New Hampshire and Vermont earned their Gold Award in the 2019-2020 membership year as part of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.
- The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable!
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