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3 La Jolla Higher seniors strike Gold in addressing well being issues


May 26, 2023

With graduation roughly two weeks away, 3 La Jolla Higher College seniors have accomplished a different objective they’ve been functioning toward: the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Ashlyn Brunette, Sophie Hochberg and Samantha Ponticello have completed projects for the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, which calls for every girl who attempts it to determine a difficulty, strategize a strategy to address it and conduct 80 hours of neighborhood service to execute the strategy.

The 3 girls — every of whom has been in Girl Scouts considering the fact that kindergarten — also had to perform with a mentor, place collectively and lead a group and create a final report on their projects.

“There’s a lot of leadership and teamwork involved,” Hochberg mentioned.

The awards ceremony is in June.

Ashlyn Brunette

To earn her Gold Award, Brunette presented a lacrosse camp for about 50 elementary- and middle college-age girls in her neighborhood right after locating that in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, youngsters she babysat felt isolated from mates.

“[Their] parents have been noticing these adverse mental well being effects,” Brunette mentioned.

She targeted the lacrosse camp for girls close to “the age exactly where I was joining sports teams and meeting new men and women,” she mentioned. The girls have been “missing a crucial time [for] joining sports.”

The camp taught lacrosse fundamentals and supplied “sit-down conversations with the girls about standard elements of mental well being, like assistance groups, tension, managing time” and far more, Brunette mentioned.

Brunette, who played lacrosse for La Jolla Higher, mentioned she received constructive feedback from parents and plans to repeat the camp this summer season just before she leaves to attend UCLA.

Sophie Hochberg

Hochberg, who will attend Vanderbilt University, is interested in majoring in psychology and wanted to strategy her Gold Award project in that field, tying in her adore of ice skating.

The outcome was a “mental well being boot camp” for student-athletes.

“I realized that mental illness for sports players … is not anything that is actually addressed as a society,” she mentioned.

Hochberg gathered a sports psychologist, a meditation instructor and a nutritionist to speak to a group of about 25 of her peers about mental illness particularly for student-athletes — which includes strategies to cope with and overcome it.

“Everyone talked about their personal experiences if they wanted,” she mentioned.

Hochberg shared the data for 4 weeks at a booth at the La Jolla Open Aire Industry, providing out pamphlets with a summary of the suggestions gleaned at the camp.

Samantha Ponticello

Ponticello designed a web site to guide men and women right after a loved one particular suffers a stroke.

The web page, afulllifeafterstroke.com, consists of ideas for identifying the indicators of a stroke and suggestions for assisting somebody via the healing procedure.

Ponticello was moved to start off the project right after her grandmother had a stroke.

The web site involves almost everything Ponticello and her household discovered right after the stroke, along with data from a stroke assistance individual.

She also hosted a booth at the Open Aire Industry to assistance educate men and women about the indicators of a stroke and created posters illustrating the acronym Rapidly for face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time to contact 911.

“I place these about La Jolla for men and women to see,” she mentioned.

Ponticello mentioned stroke victims and their household members would method her at the marketplace to create down the web site address.

Ponticello, who will attend Syracuse University, mentioned she will update the web site as she learns far more. ◆

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