Coronado residents Mariana Frangos and Emily Mowry have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. They were among 61 young women honored by Girl Scouts San Diego during a recent ceremony at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

Achieving the award is the pinnacle of the Girl Scout leadership experience. To earn it, Girl Scouts change the world by creating sustainable solutions that address society’s greatest challenges. 

For her Gold Award project, Frangos created a self-guided tour on the San Diego Museum of Arts app to help children ages 3-12 explore kid-friendly exhibits. She joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten as a member of Girl Scout Troop 4134, led by her mother, Christina Frangos. Mariana Frangos earned her Bronze and Silver Awards as a Girl Scout Junior and Cadette, respectively. The Coronadan graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. She will attend Stanford University this fall as a mathematics and computational science major, and aspires to become a math professor.

Mowry earned her Gold Award project by combatting food insecurity, creating and promoting a “Blessing Box” grocery-sharing program at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center. She also held food drives to launch the project. A member Troop 5148 led by her mother, Nancy Mowry, Emily Mowry has been in Girl Scouts since first grade. She previously earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. Emily Mowry has also received the Islander Award in English and an Envision Certificate of Achievement from the Advanced Emergency Medicine in Collaboration with Stanford University program. She will graduate from Coronado High School in 2020, and is interested in exploring the field of medicine.

“Gold Award Girl Scouts change the world for the better, and change it for good!” said Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol M. Dedrich. “Our 2019 honorees embody everything this achievement stands for.”

The Gold Award enables young women to distinguish themselves in the college admissions process, earn college scholarships, and enlisting in the military at a higher pay grade. Gold Award Girl Scouts are an elite group of individuals, and many have gone on to become change-makers and prominent leaders in their communities. 

Hundreds of family members, friends, community leaders, and Girl Scout volunteers attended the local Gold Award event. The keynote speaker was Coreen Petti, associate vice president of advancement marketing and strategic partnerships at the University of San Diego, and board chair emeritus of Our Lady of Peace Academy. She is a Gold Award Girl Scout, a Girl Scouts San Diego Cool Woman of 2019, a former troop leader, and member of a multi-generational Girl Scout family.

Girl Scouts is the world’s best leadership development organization for girls. Through programs focused on the outdoors, STEM, life skills, outdoor adventure, and entrepreneurship, Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership. All girls in grades K-12 and adult volunteers are welcome join any time during the year. For details, contact Girl Scouts San Diego Regional Recruitment Specialist Jessica Partida at 619-610-0838, or, or visit

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