Hosts career fair
Alexandra Miller 17, of Tamaqua, is the daughter of Andrew and Margaret Miller. She coordinated a career fair that drew such notables as Schuylkill County pathologist Dr. Richard Bindie; state Sen. David G. Argall; state Rep. Jerry Knowles; her aunt, Leanne Harrison, a nuclear engineer; a teacher, an optometrist, a funeral director and others.
The career fair was in the spring of 2012 at the Tamaqua Community Center.
"A lot of times, kids in high school, when asked what they want to be, will say, 'I want to be a doctor.' But if you ask them a doctor of what, they are just not aware of how many different types of doctors there are," she says.
"I wanted to show kids that there were specializations within fields."
The career fair took between 80-100 hours of work.
"A lot of it was phone calls and emails, and setting up, and contacting (borough) council and getting donations, and seeing when peoples' schedules would all work, because these people all have very busy schedules," she says.
"Getting that many busy people together at once is certainly a task in itself."
Argall praised the project.
"I've been active in Scouting for four decades, and Alexandra's Gold Award service project was one of the most unique I've ever seen," says Argall.
"Not anyone could pull off her very own career fair, but Alexandra did just that. I know that her Scout Leader and her family and friends were not at all surprised to see her receive the highest Girl Scout award."
What did Alexandra learn from her Gold Award project?
"One of the most important things I learned is definitely time management, and creating connections," says Alexandra.
"On going into this, I at first thought, 'Oh, I'll be able to do this, no problem'. But with school work and extracurriculars, I realized I didn't have as much time as I thought."
Alexandra also learned how to bring people together to get things done.
A Tamaqua Area High School senior and honor student, Alexandra is active in drama, golf, soccer, Leadership Council and other activities. Last year, she was one of several students who created an anti-bullying video for Thelma Urban's language arts class.
The 15-minute video wove together a powerful tapestry from the threads of personal experiences of students and teachers, prominent national news stories of bullying, inspirational quotes, and helpful advice to both bullies and their victims.
On top of earning her Gold Award, Alexandra experienced the thrill of attending the Jan. 4 Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C.