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3 La Jolla Higher seniors strike Gold in addressing wellness issues


May 26, 2023

With graduation roughly two weeks away, 3 La Jolla Higher College seniors have accomplished a further aim 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 needs each and every girl who attempts it to determine a trouble, strategize a strategy to address it and conduct 80 hours of neighborhood service to execute the strategy.

The 3 girls — each and every of whom has been in Girl Scouts because kindergarten — also had to function with a mentor, place with each other 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 soon after obtaining that for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids she babysat felt isolated from good friends.

“[Their] parents had been noticing these unfavorable mental wellness effects,” Brunette mentioned.

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

The camp taught lacrosse fundamentals and provided “sit-down conversations with the girls about standard elements of mental wellness, like help groups, pressure, managing time” and additional, Brunette mentioned.

Brunette, who played lacrosse for La Jolla Higher, mentioned she received good 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 appreciate of ice skating.

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

“I realized that mental illness for sports players … is not anything that is truly 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 especially for student-athletes — such as 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 Market place, providing out pamphlets with a summary of the guidance gleaned at the camp.

Samantha Ponticello

Ponticello designed a site to guide individuals soon after a loved one particular suffers a stroke.

The web-site, afulllifeafterstroke.com, includes ideas for identifying the indicators of a stroke and guidance for assisting an individual by way of the healing approach.

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

The site consists of all the things Ponticello and her loved ones discovered soon after the stroke, along with data from a stroke help particular person.

She also hosted a booth at the Open Aire Market place to assist educate individuals about the indicators of a stroke and created posters illustrating the acronym Rapidly for face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time to get in touch with 911.

“I place these about La Jolla for individuals to see,” she mentioned.

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

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

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