Local Girl Scouts receive Gold Award

On Sunday, March 6, seven local Girl Scouts received their Gold Award, joining a century of Girl Scout alumnae who have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects.

Three of the recipients were Swanton residents – Pilar Athaide-Victor, Kashvi Patel and Laramie Reynolds.

Pilar Athaide-Victor’s project was Write Out Loud. The project addresses the issue of articulation in under privileged communities.

Patel’s project was Writing Warriors. She created a project to address the writing needs of Spanish speaking children from low income areas.

Laramie Reynolds’ project was The Written Word. She addressed the issue of essay writing performance on standardized testing.

“These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers,” said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “It’s truly amazing what these girls are able to accomplish at such a young age. They are our future, and it looks bright!”

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 alumnae 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. Learn more about the 2016 Gold Award recipients and their projects, and view the event program at gswo.org/goldawardslocal.