Lilly Paridy, 8, moved to Frisco last year with her parents, Brian and Rikki, from Washington, D.C.
Eager to make new friends and explore the Dallas area, Lilly joined Girl Scout Troop 7274 five months ago. Although the second-grader is a relative newcomer, she took the top prize for design in the Ford Girls’ Fast Track Races in October.
The races, according to Ford, are a way to help girls embrace STEAM concepts. Ford engineers, designers and technicians offer tips and tricks to give girls the inside track to turning blocks of wood into fast cars.
What’s your favorite part about being a Girl Scout?
Our troop does a lot of fun activities. My favorites so far have been the Pinewood Derby and our troop Christmas party.
What was the best part of winning Best Design in the Ford Girls’ Fast Track Races for your division?
Winning. I didn't think I'd win because there were so many great ideas. I was really shocked when they called my name. At first I didn't realize it was me that won, so they called my name several times. My mom said, “That’s you,” and so I went up on stage and got my trophy. My whole family was there, and they were all really excited. It was a good day.
What do you think was special about your car’s design?
I made a minion. My car didn't look like a car at all. I knew my car would be different than most of the others and sometimes being different makes you really nervous but everyone liked it. My car had a lot of different materials. It had bright yellow paint, denim cut from a pair of old jeans, googly eyes, yarn and I used a white out pen for the teeth.
How did you decide on a design for your car?
When the wood block came in the mail, I said this kind of looks like the shape of a minion. I thought a car would come and not a wood block so I was surprised. I didn't know what to expect, but it was really fun designing everything.
What’s your coolest talent?
I am good at gymnastics. I have been doing gymnastics since I was 2. My favorite thing to do is bars.
What do you like to do with your friends?
My best friend and I like to do weird food challenges. We have several different ways to do it, but one of my favorites is the weird pizza challenge. You get several different ingredients like gummy bears and marshmallows and write them each down on a slip of paper. We put them in a bowl and draw three. Whatever ingredients we drew had to go on our pizza. Some of it was good, some of it was gross.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Flying. It would be fun to fly.
What’s your favorite subject at school and why?
Science is my favorite. We do fun experiments.