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Local Girl Scouts Earn Highest Honor


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Fort Worth - On Friday, May 10, 2019, 23 Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains will receive their Gold Award in a council-wide ceremony at Birdville ISD Fine Arts Athletic Complex in North Richland Hills, TX. 

Their dynamic projects include:

  • Kristin Carter (Amarillo, TX) – Peace of Mind
  • Zariah Carter (Amarillo, TX) – Music Room
  • Ainsley Dorsey (Fort Worth, TX) – Dancing for Diapers
  • Natalie Jaecks (Benbrook, TX) – Quilt Donation to Alliance for Children
  • Megan Kaufmann (North Richland Hills, TX) – The Reading Initiative
  • Morgan Kincaid (Arlington, TX) – Team Braille Bible
  • Cheyenne Leedy (Amarillo, TX) – Baby Warmers
  • Meghan Lewis (Fort Worth, TX) – For the Love of the Stage
  • Alexis Muro (Grand Prairie, TX) – College Awareness
  • Kimberly Olguin (Arlington, TX) – Klothing for Kids
  • Diya Panjabi (Southlake, TX) – Multicultural Day
  • Courtney Peterson (Arlington, TX) – STEM Leadership Conference for Girls
  • Sophia Polisetty (Grapevine, TX) – A New Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium
  • Ann Marie Rushin (Plainview, TX) – Love-Me-Bears
  • Kiran Sagani (Euless, TX) – US to YOU
  • Aliya Sayani (Bedford, TX) – Building Bridges

Learn about the 2019 Gold Award recipients and their projects.

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms," said Becky Burton, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains. "They saw a need in their communities and around the world and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership is making the world a better place."

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 can earn. Girls use their vision for change to complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. To achieve it, girls commit a minimum of 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. The project must include community involvement; an innovative approach; project sustainability; and educating and inspiring others.

According to The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), girls who earn the Gold Award display more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alums with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement.

It's not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things you can do as a Girl Scout. Join Girl Scouts today or learn more about volunteering at gs-top.org.