Jessica Hammond ’24 Named Emerging Leader by ABC Channel 47 WMDT

Jessica Hammond ’24 Named Emerging Leader by ABC Channel 47 WMDT
Jessica Hammond '24 during Chesapeake Watershed Semester, Fall 2022.

Senior Jessica Hammond was recently named as Salisbury’s Channel 47 ABC WMDT’s Emerging Leader for her work with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay in which she earned a Gold Award for her project to create more environmental awareness. Jessica created environmental awareness signs located in Easton Point Park. The signs contain information, graphics, and QR codes which visitors can scan to understand and learn more about how climate change affects the Chesapeake Bay, how youth can get involved and small actions everyone can take to make a difference, including eating more sustainably and information about native plants and their importance in our ecosystem.

“I want to spread more awareness and get people talking and start conversations. No matter if you are young or older, we all need to step up and take action now. Take that step and become passionate about and protect the environment,” said Jessica, who feels strongly that “young voices have the potential to make a big difference in the community.”

The Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in the world for Girl Scouts and the most difficult to earn. In fact, most scouts spend at least one to two years on their projects. Before a scout can even pursue this award, they must meet certain prerequisites including completing a “Take Action Project” or earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, which entails a girl-led project to improve their neighborhood or community. They then complete a seven-step process to choose an issue, investigate it, and then create a plan and take action. 

In 2022 and 2024, Jessica served as a Student Leader for the Upper Shore Youth Environmental Action Summit (USYEAS). She participated at this year’s event (hosted March 20th) leading an activity at a breakout session about invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay. 

“One source of inspiration for me and many of my peers are youth climate activists. People like Greta Thunberg and her colleagues have taught me how change is driven by passion, not by age, gender, or race,” said Jessica. 

Jessica also completed the Chesapeake Watershed Semester at Gunston and is in the Student Leader Program for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

Watch the full interview here: 

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