Meet the MediaGirlz
Calvary Christian High School, 10th Grade
Annabelle Anderson is a sophomore at Calvary Christian High School (CCHS) and has been a Girl Scout for nearly a decade. Both active and involved, Annabelle is currently a member of the CEO Girl Advisory Board, Media Girlz journalism team, and also helps to plan events for the Crystal Waters Council. Attending Camp CEO with high school Girl Scouts and community leaders and serving as a delegate for Crystal Waters at council meetings are among her favorite scouting memories. Additionally, Annabelle is proud to have earned the Silver Award for creating the U Rock Kindness Project which aims to bring elderly and youth together.
At Calvary Christian, Annabelle is a Student Ambassador, sings in the Calvary Choir, volunteers with Key Club, and enjoys performing as a Thespians Society member. Annabelle is in her second year on the CCHS Football Cheer Team, having earned the Coaches Award for CCHS Basketball Cheer. She also played an undefeated season on the first ever CCHS Women’s Golf Team.
In her free time, Annabelle interacts with the American Sign Language Deaf community, listens to Hillsong Worship and Morgan Evans music, and pins craft ideas on Pinterest. Last but not least, Annabelle loves spending time with her family and friends.
Lutz Preparatory School, 6th Grade
Isabela Diggs is a young, passionate storyteller in Tampa, Florida. She started her journey in fifth grade as one of the key members of the School’s Announcement Team. There Isabela shared videos and interviewed both students and adults to keep the school informed. It was in this program that she uncovered her excitement for informing the community of events taking place. Her role in the announcement team also sparked an interest in media and journalism and led her to audition to become part of the Girl Scouts MediaGirlz Team and the Press Pass team in Tampa.
As a first-year MediaGirl, she’s finding comfort both in front of the camera and behind the lens, and her enthusiasm shines through each and every time. Isabela’s future interests include a career in sports journalism and becoming an advocate for children and cancer. She sees an opportunity to make the world a better place by assisting those who do not have a voice in their community. When Isabela is not in school or volunteering, you can find her at the beach, camping out with her Girl Scout sisters or spending quality time with her family and friends.
Lutz Preparatory School, 7th Grade
Abigail Hennessee is a 12-year old student that attends Lutz Preparatory School. She has been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten and a member of the MediaGirlz journalism team for two years. Passionate about bettering the world around her, Abigail helped coordinate and manage a drive that collected blankets and towels for animals in shelters – a program that helped her earn the Bronze Award in Girl Scouts. She is also very active at her local church where she volunteers with two and three-year-old children, helping the teacher to carry out her lesson plan.
Abigail’s enthusiasm also extends to the classroom. She has recently been accepted to the National Junior Honor Society where she’s completed community service including fundraising for breast cancer research. She is also a Spanish One Honors student and is speaking basic Spanish and improving her comprehension skills every day.
When Abigail isn’t doing these things, you can find her on the tennis court. She spends two to three days each week practicing, and recently took home first place in a competition played in the 16-year-old and under division.
Land O' Lakes Christian School, 11th Grade
Janaya Thomas is an 11th grader that lives in Land O' Lakes with her parents and younger sister. She attends Land O' Lakes Christian School where she is a member of the National Honors Society. Academics are very important to Janaya and she placed first in the art and science categories during Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools High School Fine Arts Competiton. In addition, she participates in her school's band and orchestra playing the flute, and also enjoys playing the piano. She participates in her school's varsity volleyball team and recently earned the honor of serving as this year’s Junior Class Vice President.
Janaya has been in Girl Scouts since the age of five. During her junior year, she earned her Bronze Award hosting a 5K race to bring awareness to bullying and aspires to earn her Gold Award before her senior year. Janaya also participated in the 2017 G.I.R.L National Convention as a national delegate.
Janaya especially enjoys working with children and volunteers with the 2-year-olds at her church, is a teacher's aid with her school’s kindergarten class and is a middle school small group leader. When she’s not doing all of these things, you can usually find Janaya spending time alone with a good book. She even has a personal goal of reading 100 books every year!
Robinson High School, 10th Grade
Anna Woodward is a tenth grader in the IB program at Robinson High School. Currently, she is a staff writer for the Robinson High School newspaper and a Girl Scout Senior. Anna is a part of the MediaGirlz team for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and recently won an award for commentary writing at the 2018 district FSPA. She is the vice president of her school’s MUN (Model United Nations) club and a member of their BeUnicef club.
In the past, Anna has volunteered at day camps and been a member of the stage crew for her middle school’s drama program assisting with publicity and serving as a stage manager. In middle school, she was a part of National Junior Honor Society and hopes to continue in the National Honor Society next year. Anna aspires to have a career in psychology or journalism. She was driven to participate in Press Pass because of the opportunities to interact with different types of people, and because of the learning experience that it provides. She hopes that it will improve her skills in journalism and communication. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, listening to music, and going to concerts.