A Modesto girl has made it to the 24 finalists in a statewide competition held by Got Milk? and the Girl Scouts.
Elyssa Gonzales, a 12-year- old student at Savage Middle School, found out about the contest through her mom.
"My mom was looking online on the Girl Scout Web site, saw the contest and thought that I should try for it," Elyssa said. "I didn't think I would make it very far, but I thought it would be a lot of fun."
The contest was simple: Take a picture that could appear on a "Got Milk?" billboard and describe how the combination of milk and Girl Scouts affects your life in a positive way.
"I immediately thought of my trampoline, knowing exactly how I wanted it done," Elyssa said.
Her final product is a shot of her jumping on the trampoline while holding a gallon of milk, with the words "How have Girl Scouts and milk helped me become strong, healthy and confident? By providing me strength to achieve new heights!" superimposed on the photo.
When Elyssa found out she made it to the top 24, she was inspired to enter other contests. She is designing a camp shirt for the Girl Scouts' much-loved Camp Menzies.
As a finalist, Elyssa wins a $350 camp scholarship. Three will be grand-prize winners featured on "Got Milk" Girls Scouts billboards. The winners will be revealed Friday.
When she's not drinking milk, volunteering with Girl Scouts or studying for school, Elyssa can be found competing in swim meets, playing softball, practicing gymnastics or writing stories.