On Friday, January 14th through Saturday, January 15th, several high school students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 hosted their younger compatriots in an all-nighter that addressed common concerns and answered questions specific to young women in high school. Each girl brought a snack and a pillowcase and came donned in their pajamas for a night of information gathering and fun.
G.O.L.D., Girl’s Overnight Leadership Development, is a program designed with multiple purposes. Upperclassmen have an opportunity to provide leadership and lend a hand in molding the tone of their school community through shepherding the younger ladies rising up behind them. Simultaneously, they gain a chance to work alongside women outside of Academy’s constituency who are wonderful role models in the community at large. Underclassmen gain a tremendous bonding experience with one another and with the juniors and seniors on whom they will rely to guide them through their high school experiences. Additionally, both groups of ladies get the chance to pose questions and learn about topics that are of great interest and concern to them over the coming years – in high school and beyond!
During this year’s event, 25 girls, 7 presenters, and 4 Academy faculty members participated in an evening that none will soon forget. Topics such as nutrition and eating disorders; skin cancer prevention; stress relief; Peace Corps and community service; hair, makeup, and skin care were among those broached during the overnight line up. Upperclassmen sponsored thematic rooms like cupcake decorating, nail and makeup salon, TV episodes, games, pillowcase decorating and friendship bracelet making as a part of the GOLD super sleepover event!
It was truly a wonderful experience for all! Be on the lookout for information related to next year’s GOLD event – it is sure to be equally as exciting!