Rancho scout earns Gold Award

RANCHO SANTA FE — Tali Rappaport of Rancho Santa Fe is among the 56 local young women who earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award during 2010. Just 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this honor, the culmination of their Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
She is a third-generation Girl Scout and the daughter of Mark and Lori Rappaport who currently serves on the Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council board of directors and leads Troop 1109.
Each Girl Scout Gold Award recipient spends two to three years completing a seven-step process that includes exploring career interests, colleges, internships and jobs. It is completed when the girl plans, executes and evaluates a major service project based on a personal passion that addresses the needs of a specific community.
Rappaport created a memorial library for the Jenna Druck Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports families that have lost a child. After raising nearly $3,000, she purchased more than 200 new books and made memorial book plates featuring her original painting.
During her 13 years as a Girl Scout, Rappaport was a delegate to the national Girl Scout convention, a member of the councilwide Teen Advisory Board, and a counselor at a Missouri Girl Scout camp, serving girls living with disabilities.
“I feel proud to have followed the progression of leadership in Girl Scouts from Brownies all the way to the Ambassador level,” Rappaport said. “It helped me gain confidence in myself and my organizational and leadership abilities.”
The recent Canyon Crest Academy High School graduate will enroll at the University of Puget Sound in the fall. She plans to major in psychology, then attend graduate school and become an occupational therapist.
The Girl Scout Gold Awards were presented during a recent ceremony at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in University City. Former Girl Scout Beth Burns, San Diego State University’s women’s basketball coach, delivered the keynote address and met privately with the Gold Awardees to exchange ideas about leadership and perseverance. SDSU hosts Girl Scout nights at home games, and Coach Burns and her team volunteer at Girl Scouts’ New Day 5K and other council events.