Coral Gables High senior Annie Farrell earned her Girl Scout Gold Award this past summer.
“I collected college tee shirts and sweat shirts and then I did three workshops with Casa Valentina,” Farrell said.
She ended up with 23 tee shirts and 19 sweat shirts.
Some of the shirts were from friends who go to schools such as Cornell and Norte Dame.
“They are symbolically passing on the dream,” she said.
Casa Valentina houses teens who have aged out of foster care and kids who are deemed at-risk.
There is a stark difference in terms of expectations between the kids at Casa Valencia and Gables.
“We all know that we are going to college,” Farrell said. “But a lot of kids don’t think that way.”
Doing the workshops was her way of helping those students who needed that encouragement and someone to believe in them.
“I thought by providing those resources, I’d be able to do that for them,” she said.
For the workshops, Farrell brought in two admissions officers to help with college applications, two professional to talk about college essays, and in the third workshop she brought in three writers and her project supervisor for more work on essays.
At Gables, Farrell is senior class president; copy editor for CavsConnect, the online newspaper; a member of Gables Earth, and on the
National Honor Society board. She also is captain of the cross country team and participates in track and field.
Farrell volunteers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Biology.
She works with the advancement office so she volunteers at school-sponsored events doing things like helping with registration. They recently held a conference on ocean acidification.
Farrell is applying to schools that have Science Technology in Society as a major. That major allows her to combine her interests in science, marine biology and politics. The schools include Brown, Vanderbilt and Colby College.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld