Xavier’s Rileigh Walsh of Scottsdale earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Scottsdale resident and Xavier College Prep senior Rileigh Walsh has earned the highest honor for a Girl Scouts member.

According to a press release, she completed her project for the Gold Award, which is the highest accomplishment in the Girl Scouts system of badges and honors. A member of the Girl Scouts since kindergarten, she has earned numerous badges for mastering various skills and participating in challenging activities.

Her two-fold project was: design and install a garden at a domestic violence center; and educate friends, family and neighbors about domestic violence, according to the release.

The education piece involved producing a power point and presentation on issues affecting the lives of many in society, the release said, noting that she learned that it takes an abuse victim, on average, seven incidents before leaving the person and/or situation perpetrating the violence.

The action piece of the project, building the garden, was done at Sojouner Center in Phoenix, detailed the release on the chosen site after volunteering at numerous domestic violence centers in the area.

“I wanted to do a garden to impact the physical environment in a positive way. We need to take care of the planet and this was my step towards doing that. I also wanted a place for folks to sit and relax. They have so many traumas in their lives that I focused on making a place for them to just sit and be still surrounded by the peace being in nature provides,” said Rileigh in a prepared statement.

She wants to major in psychology in the fall and is looking at Santa Clara University, Washington State University, and ASU’s Barrett Honors College as prospects, the release added.

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