Olivia Stann has the distinguished honor of being the first girl in Washington County to earn the rank of Eagle Scout — an achievement previously reserved for boys.
Olivia, a member of Scouts BSA, formerly known as Boy Scouts of America, was awarded the highest rank in scouting on Nov. 22.
Her Eagle Scout service project was the construction of a gaga ball pit in Shafer Park in Boonsboro. She completed the project in the spring.
Gaga ball consists of a lightweight bouncy or foam ball and an octagon enclosure known as the gaga ball pit. The object of the game is to hit the ball at or below your opponents' knees to eliminate them from the pit. The last one left in the gaga ball pit is the winner.
"I've heard a lot of good things about mine," Olivia said. "The younger scouts use it."
In 2019, Scouts BSA opened a program for 10- to 17-year-olds girls. The first day girls could join was Feb. 1 that year.
Olivia had been in the Girl Scouts of America program before convincing her father, Will Stann, to start Scouts BSA Troop 2119 in Sharpsburg.
"I watched my brother go through the (Boy Scouts)," she said. "I found I wanted something more interactive and adventurous like my brother had. It was my goal for a while … They had high adventure activities like scuba diving and camping in New Mexico. It's what I wanted to do."
Olivia, who turned 18 on Saturday, said she is happy to have achieved the highest rank in scouting.
"It's kind of exhilarating to be able to say, 'Everything is completed,'" she said. "The title goes with all the skills I've learned. I finally made it."
Olivia spent two weeks in the summer backpacking in the Rocky Mountains and she's been to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Academically, Olivia carries a 4.24 grade-point average.
Her classes include honors English, advanced placement comparative government, advanced placement physics and advanced placement calculus.
Olivia also coaches We the People at Boonsboro High.
The primary goal of We the People is to promote civic competence and responsibility among students. The program helps students understand the history and principles of the Constitution and to discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
She is a member of the Student Government Association, a member of the Social Studies Honor Society and vice president of the National Honor Society.
Olivia volunteers for various nonprofits in the community and is active in her church, St. James Catholic Church in Boonsboro.
In the mornings, she volunteers in a kindergarten class at Boonsboro Elementary School. She also works at Fit in Boonsboro.
Olivia is the daughter of Will and Amie Stann of Boonsboro. She has two siblings.
Student Standout is a weekly feature highlighting local students who are making extraordinary contributions to their school or community. To nominate a student, call 301-791-7591 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherry Greenfield is the Education Reporter, covering Washington County Public Schools and the Washington County Board of Education. Follow Sherry on Twitter at Sheina2018 or Instagram at beckmangreenfield.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Mail: Boonsboro High senior first girl to earn Eagle Scout rank in county