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Girl Scouts USA Names Freshman Carla O'Connor as a 2008 National Young Women of Distinction

October 21, 2008

Girl Scouts USA named Bentley freshman Carla O'Connor as one of its 2008 National Young Women of Distinction, among 10 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients honored for extraordinary leadership demonstrated through remarkable community service projects. She will receive the award and be the guest of honor at the Girl Scouts National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October. A 13-year veteran of Girl Scouting, O'Connor is the first in Massachusetts to be honored with this national award, and is also a Bentley Service-Learning Center scholarship recipient.

O'Connor's Gold Award project, "The Wellness Program," began in 2006 at North Quincy High School and focuses on helping students who are at risk of failing or having difficulties succeeding in school. The program was so successful that it was continued as a permanent program through the school's guidance department.

"Its purpose is to have a forum for students to be able to discuss their problems and to learn how to overcome the many obstacles that hinder success," O'Connor says of the program. "It includes workshops on coping strategies and life skills - such as such as stress management, staying healthy, dealing with relationships, fitness, self assessments, internet safety, personal safety, skill assessments and nutrition -- to help students succeed in high school and beyond. Participants are encouraged to embrace their diversity and disabilities to help overcome challenges and learn how to improve self esteem."

Type: Campus News