Georgie Ekechukwu received the Gold Award for the self-defense classes she organized for battered women who are with the Safe Homes of Augusta Women's Shelter. (WRDW-TV / June 5, 2012)
News 12 This Morning / Tuesday, June 5, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A local Girl Scout journeyed to Washington, D.C., to meet President Barack Obama after winning the Gold Award for her service project.
Georgie Ekechukwu, a recent graduate from Greenbrier High School, has made a difference in the lives of battered women one class at a time.
Over 12 years of hard work cover Ekechukwu's Girl Scout vest. As her mother, Amy Ekechukwu, points out the badges and accolades, she couldn't be prouder.
"It's not just camping and badges and crafts, it's a service unit," she said.
It was just last week her daughter had a chance to meet the president of the United States.
"It was my first time going on a plane ride," Ekechukwu said.
She was one of five Girl Scouts invited after receiving the Girl Scouts' highest honor.
"It made me feel really honored and special that they would even consider me," she said.
Ekechukwu received the Gold Award for the self-defense classes she organized for battered women who are with the Safe Homes of Augusta Women's Shelter. Her goal was to empower them and stop domestic violence.
"I just wanted to help other women and just teach them to protect themselves. If something happened, they could protect themselves."
It's years of hard work that paid off in the form of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"I was just planning to help people. I never thought I would be getting a call if I wanted to go see the president," she said.
Her experience included a tour of the White House, hearing the president speak and shaking hands with him.
"I also told him I was registered to vote and he's gonna be the first person I vote for in November," she said.
Now as she plans out her future career, she's still thinking of ways to help support others.
As for Ekechukwu's future plans, she will be traveling to New York City for the summer, then it's off to college at Georgia Southern, where she plans to major in nursing.