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16 April 2013
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What Happens after Gold?
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Alumna honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2013
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) Alumna and Gold Award recipient, Margaret Gilroy of Hillsborough was recently honored as one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2013. Glamour’s annual Top 10 College Women competition recognizes 10 female students from across the country for campus leadership, scholastic achievement, community involvement, and unique, inspiring goals – they are recognized as the “CEOs, superstars and legends of the future,” according to Glamour’s website.
After earning her Gold Award – the highest achievement in Girl Scouting – Margaret began her collegiate career at the United State Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland as a Systems Engineering major. Girl Scouting enabled Margaret to build a foundation for academic pursuits, “A lot of the skills I learned in Girl Scouts prepared me for what I do today – specifically, my Gold Award Project. My project focused on vermicomposting and sustainability, and I am now doing research about nuclear energy and radiological sensors.” She also credits her goal setting and ability to work on her own and with a team to Girl Scouting. “Being a Girl Scout taught me to respect all people, to appreciate others' talents, to love the outdoors and the environment … [and] that it's okay to get your hands dirty, be tough and to work towards a common goal with a team.”
Margaret’s achievements exceed the world of academics – she is also a brigade training sergeant of 1,000 sailors and Marines-to-be, captain of the women’s marathon team and co-founder of her local Girls on the Run program. Margaret’s mother, Kathy Gilroy, longtime GSHNJ volunteer and Master outdoor trainer, says, “She continues to amaze me every day.” Her mother isn’t the only person Margaret amazes. Katie Sanders, contributing editor of Glamour, commented that among the 1,000+ applicants, “Margaret embodies what we look for in Top 10 applicants. In addition to being a ridiculously talented and hardworking student (it's not every day you meet a systems engineer with a perfect 4.0 GPA), she's a disciplined and motivated leader who cares even more about supporting others than about advancing herself. That's evident in her leadership roles at the Academy, and in the mentoring she does with the Girls on the Run program. I don't know how she does it all (and sleeps so little!), but the Glamour editors are looking forward to keeping up with her.”
Margaret plans to continue to set, pursue and achieve her goals. She is currently working toward becoming one of the Navy’s first female submariners and completing 100 marathons. Her tip to fellow Girl Scouts, “Push yourself – and others. It’s all about telling someone ‘You CAN do that,’ when they don’t think they can.”
GSHNJ congratulates Margaret on her success and 10 Top honor. GSHNJ builds girls of courage, confidence and character, like Margaret, every year and encourages girls interested in Girl Scouting to register for the 2013-2014 membership year. GSHNJ offers unparalleled programs, events and opportunities for girls 5-17 in Arts & Culture, Community Service, Health & Fitness, Outdoors & Camping, Financial Literacy and S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math).
About Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s (GSHNJ) mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. GSHNJ provides leadership development for girls at all age levels through programs that include; science, technology, financial literacy, health, the arts, and outdoor and environmental awareness. We serve over 25,000 girls, ages 5-17 and 11,000 adult members in the counties of Hudson, Essex, Union, Somerset, Hunterdon, southern Warren and parts of Middlesex.
Glamour magazine and glamour.com reach more than 17 million readers each month. Glamour was the first women’s magazine on the iPad and has launched popular special-editions, apps, and books —including two New York Times best-sellers — and received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence.