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Eva Drennan '25 Receives Girl Scout Gold Award

Eva Drennan '25 Receives Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting, comparable to the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout merit. Girls who pursue their Gold Award aspire to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching results. Notre Dame is proud to announce that Eva Drennan ‘25 recently received her Gold Award.

Eva’s journey to the Gold Award began when she was just an 8th grade student at St. Gregory the Great Academy. She began the process of helping to get a bill passed into law in the State of NJ. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Steven Oroho, requires newborn infants to be screened for the Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.

The process required her to meet with Senators and Assemblymen and work with their offices to write the bill. She had to testify in front of committees who advocated for its passage.

On January 18, 2022, Eva was excited to report that Senate Bill-3975 and Assembly Bill-5963 requiring screenings for newborn infants for Congenital Cytomegalovirus, became a law. “When I heard that the Governor signed the bill I was extremely excited. I was so happy that the Governor recognized the importance of Screenings for CMV,” Eva said.

Eva was inspired to champion the bill, now law, by her middle school science teacher’s story. Her teacher unknowingly contracted CMV while pregnant. As a result of contracting the virus, after birth, her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The law aims to inform expectant mothers and women across the state of New Jersey about the severe risks of contracting CMV while pregnant. 

Her work did not end when the bill was passed into law. Eva continued to advocate for her cause, speaking to various doctors, nurses, women's organizations, and people around her community to educate them about the severity of CMV and cCMV. She provided information to the New Jersey Central Jersey Health Consortium and the New Jersey State Health Department.

Notre Dame is very proud of what Eva has accomplished at such a young age. When asked if she would like to go into politics Eva replied, ”I am not interested in that field. However, I do love to make a difference in my community. Although I do not want to go into the government field I would still like to help inspire and impact my community. I am blessed to know that I made a difference and that the doctors took my words to heart and will help in the effort to create change.”

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