Sisterhood Is Powerful
Girl Scout Ambassador will soon be a Katie.
Ambassadors aren't supposed to get nervous, and Miranda Yang did her best to play the part.
This spring, Yang, a senior at Minneapolis' Patrick Henry High School, was selected as Girl Scout Ambassador to the Women of Distinction Awards, an annual event sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. At the gala event, the Ambassador — a promising scout selected for her commitment to the organization — is asked to give a short speech about her plans for the future.
For Yang, those plans include coming to St. Kate's.
This year's Women of Distinction event drew some of the most influential people in Minnesota. When Yang stepped up to the microphone to deliver her talk, she looked around the assembled crowd — political luminaries, business executives and social activists — and felt awed.
"I thought, 'Wow. This is very special,'" she recalls. "Here I am, this 17-year-old girl, and I'm speaking in front of so many successful people. I was a little nervous, but I also felt very honored to be there."
The fifth of 10 children, Yang became active in Girl Scouts four years ago through a special program for older girls called Hmong Women's Circle. The Girl Scout-sponsored group encourages Hmong girls to explore career options and make plans for college. "I was able to connect with the other girls right away," she says. "I feel like I'm being heard, so I can freely share my thoughts and my feelings. All the girls support each other."
That appreciation of the power of sisterhood led Yang to apply to St. Catherine University. She was accepted and plans to start in the Day program this fall, with a major in business or nursing and a minor in — guess what? — women's studies.
"I decided I really wanted to go to a women's college," says Yang who was awarded a St. Catherine of Alexandria scholarship for her academic and leadership achievements. "Part of St. Kate's mission is empowering women. I plan to be successful in life, and this will give me a good start."
— ANDY STEINER