Two Long Hill Girl Scouts Achieve their Gold Award

Submitted by Allison Kempe

Jessie and Ali Hoffmann from Long Hill’s Troop 81752 have recently been awarded their Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve.

Ali’s project addressed the issue of the under-representation of females in the STEM field. She hopes to inspire more girls to take STEM courses and further immerse themselves in STEM. With her project, she created an absolutely fantastic website to serve as a resource for girls exploring STEM. It’s called “STEMclopedia” and is essentially an encyclopedia for all things STEM related as the name intimates.

“The thing that struck me was that not only do you learn about what STEM is and opportunities of how to get involved, but you get to see the careers that people with a STEM background have. I think in my next life, I’m definitely going to become a biomedical engineer!”, exclaimed Whitney Gaydos, Long Hill co-Service Unit Manager.

It’s truly a wonderful resource for girls so check it out! Visit

Jessie’s project was centered on leading an active lifestyle to help fight obesity. Instead of people watching TV or using electronic devices, she wanted to inspire them to become more active. Her project involved creating a walking club and marking a walking trail at Kantor Park. She created a video which shows the trail. It took courage, confidence and follow through to get this project approved by the town and finally completed to benefit citizens.

Congratulations to both Ali and Jessie for these significant contributions to our community!

(above) Ali Hoffmann received her Gold Award for her project which encourages girls to be involved in STEM.

(above) Jessie Hoffmann’s Gold Award project focused on getting the community more active, which she did by creating a walking path at Kantor Park and starting a walking club.