3 Long Island teens among country's first female Eagle Scouts
Three Long Island teens are among the nation's first female Eagle Scouts.
The Eagle Scout award is not easy to achieve and is a big milestone of accomplishment. It is the highest rank in the program and achieved by only 6% of all scouts. Three girls from Long Island proved their hard work and have earned the prestigious title Eagle Scout.
Bellmore's Amritha Jacob, Merrick's Julia Kirpalani and Levittown's Lea Feiner were recognized in front of the Nassau County Legislature building by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
The girls received a congratulatory proclamation and certificate. They are part of Troop 186 of Wantagh and have worked two years to receive this honor.
"It's taken hard work, dedication, perseverance definitely to get it in this sort of a time, but I'm just so grateful to be here now," said Kirpalani.
To earn this role, a Scout must take on leadership roles within their troop and community and earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. They must also research, organize and complete a large community service project.
Jacob says it has not been easy earning this title in such a male-dominated space.
"To now look them all in the eye and to show them that I have achieved the same rank that they could and that it is the highest honor in this program, it feels really great to have that," she said.
The trio says one of the best parts is to be able to show the younger generation that they too can accomplish this honor.
"If I can do it, you can do it too, there's no reason not to," said Feiner.
The teens will be heading to college in the fall.
In addition to gaining skills that last a lifetime, the girls' Eagle Scout titles can help them get academic, vocational and military recognition - including scholarships.