Upstate fifth grader wins National Girl Scout essay contest

July 14, 2022

Amelia Pearson will receive a badge that has been to the moon

A fifth grade Girl Scout from Forest Acres Elementary is the winner of a national essay contest, “Girl Scouts to the Moon and Back.”  Amelia Pearson participated in the contest and will be awarded a Space Science badge that’s actually been to space on NASA’s Artemis I. That mission is NASA’s first step toward the goal of sending the first woman and the first person of color to the moon.

“We are over the moon about Amelia’s success,” said Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to Midlands CEO Lora Tucker, adding, “Since 1912, girls have explored, developed, and sharpened their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills through Girl Scouting. They lead their own adventures, team up with others, and get busy with hands-on STEM activities of their choosing.”

The Artemis I is planned for launch in late summer 2022, so winners will have to wait a bit to receive their prize—but we think it will be worth the wait!