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Ariana Akkaya is a former member of Troop 853 in the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and received her Gold Award in 2015.

Ariana’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Making Waves, addressed the issue of water safety. After a frightening childhood experience of nearly drowning in a pool, Ariana, now an outstanding swimmer used her project as an opportunity to prevent future accidents in the water and share her love for swimming. Ariana, partnered with the instructors at Safety Swim, taught children in the community basic life saving techniques. To further spread awareness about water safety, she created a Facebook page for parents and held multiple workshops. Ariana also created a video about drowning prevention that was distributed to Olympic swimmers across the country for them to share.