by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Scouting for Adventure

student_hosie1Elizabeth Hosie recently graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV), capping off an amazing journey and gearing up for continued adventures. One of her greatest and ongoing life stories involves Girl Scouts of America (GSUSA). When Elizabeth was in the first grade, a local troop leader set up a table outside of her school with a plateful of brownies, and told Elizabeth she could have one if she joined. “Needless to say,” she joked, “I was sold.” Progressing to council level throughout high school, Girl Scouts exposed her to many new things. “I have traveled to Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Chile, and New York through troop and national destination trips,” she said. “I’ve had the opportunity for sit-down meetings with the CEO of Girl Scouts San Diego, meeting naval officers in a ceremonial capacity, and leading workshops for younger girls.”

“I have traveled to Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Chile, and New York through troop and national destination trips.”

student_hosie2In 2014, Elizabeth served as a delegate at the National Girl Scout Convention. Preparing months in advance, she attended prep meetings with the rest of the San Diego delegation, completed online info sessions and background research, as well as learning about the history of GSUSA. She spent time getting feedback from local scouts, and once she arrived there were delegate duties and responsibilities with the Girl Scout Leadership Institute program, with a favorite activity of voting on amendments to the GSUSA Constitution. “I loved meeting Girl Scouts from all over the country and talking about issues they’re trying to address within their community,” Elizabeth confided. “My experience at the convention was truly life-changing.” She co-founded the Girl’s Advisory Board for Girl Scouts San Diego and was rendered speechless when given the honor of Cool Girl 2016 out of all the girls in San Diego. “I admire the 2015 Cool Girl, Elena Crespo, so much – to be considered as on the same level as her was humbling.”

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Outside of Girl Scouts, Elizabeth loves all of her school classes, with English and history topping the list, although the challenge of Calculus BC made that her favorite high school class. “Physics is also one of my favorites,” she shared, “because I love learning about all the laws of nature we take for granted every day.” As of June 30 and for the next four years, Elizabeth now attends the U.S. Naval Academy, where she hopes to major in mechanical engineering.