WRITTEN BY Rich Breault | PHOTOGRAPHED BY Steve Hofbauer
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Hope Gorman, a freshman at Antelope Valley College and a 2010 Paracleate High School graduate, was busy throughout high school, but it wasn't until she joined Sea Scouts, a co-ed Boy Scouts program, that she realized her potential as a leader and a person.
A Girl Scout for 12 years, Gorman switched allegiance about two years ago when her younger brother Matthew who was already a Sea Scout, said she should join up.
"I tried it out and joined, then I told my younger sister, Amanda, to try it out. Now we're all three in Sea Scouts," said Gorman, 18. "I love sailing. And I sailed a few times before I joined Sea Scouts, so I looked at it as an opportunity to sail and learn. In Girl Scouts, I had the opportunity to go to Catalina on a sailboat, and I lived it.
"We learn how to work as a team, learn safety - around the boat and in the water. The most fun for me is hauling the sails and being on the water."
Gorman and her siblings belong to Sea Scout Ship 11, SSS Spartan, Antelope Valley. It serves the Antelope Valley District cities of Lancaster, Palmdale, and surrounding unincorporated areas.
"I learned skills, was tested on them, and retaught them to others to advance in rank" said Gorman, who was also in Key Club, French Club, ASB and played soccer at Paraclete.
"I want to advance. It's very intrigueing. And you have to do community (service) hours, as well.
I have the drive to be a leader. I've grown confident. And it feels good."
Gorman describes herself as someone who likes to get things done, and not procrastinate."
"Hope is very organized, more than many people I work with," said Steve Hofbauer, Ship 11 Skipper. "She's very determined and stays focused. All three siblings were nominated for Boatswain. It came down to her being more mature, and her ability to help lead and motivate the crew.
"She's a good role model who set's the bar pretty high for the rest of the crew."
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