Woodstock native and Girl Scout Ambassador Alanis “Laney” Broussard will be honored as a part of the 2021 Gold Award Ceremony, celebrating an accomplishment that less than 6 percent of Girl Scouts from across the country achieve.
On Sunday, March 7, which is both International Women’s Day and the first day of Girl Scout Week, Broussard and 93 other local Girl Scouts will be honored at a socially-distant ceremony at Truist Park in the Cumberland area of Cobb County.The 94 honorees collectively earned more than 90,000 hours of community service. Broussard was featured on the USA Today Coronavirus Chronicles, detailing how COVID-19 had impacted her senior year of high school. She went on to graduate in the top 5 percent of her class, with her graduation speech being televised statewide as a part of a CW Network aired special called “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.”
It was during this time that Broussard pivoted her project and decided to create an online platform/version due to the pandemic. SoultoSpeak is an instructional public speaking organization started by youth for youth, where Broussard will be sharing the tools and knowledge she gained while participating in organizations such as The Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project and Girl Scouts Miss Media Program. Her primary mission is to create a safe space for students to unleash their soul, all while building up the skills to become great orators. By providing the tools to formulate their personal stories into testimonies of change, students will be equipped to engage any audience, present themselves with confidence and truly speak their soul. Jam-packed with information, tips and tricks from a myriad of accredited speakers, visitors to this online resource will be able to read up on valuable skills they can apply to their communication tactics with others. Through blog posts, detailed written instruction and even live sessions, speakers can learn how to take their presentation skills to the next level. Broussard also created a podcast, SoultoSpark, which she interviewed Condace Pressley of Cox Media and Dr. Brian Hightower, Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools.
Broussard is currently in the second semester of her freshman year at Boston University, where she is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in political science on a full-tuition scholarship. She serves as a broadcast journalist and crew member on BUTV10 and a news correspondent with WTBU. She was recently featured in Shoutout Atlanta and has been selected to speak at the TEDxPenn 2021 conference on April 10.