Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gold Award Goes to Tutors Now!

Jessica, a graduate of Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Jessica earned her Gold Award for her project Tutors Now! Her project focused on education in Alabama and the lack of access to tutors. Jessica created a website that was easy to navigate so students could get the academic help they needed. She talked with school principles, a Jefferson County Board of Education employee and students to ensure the website’s success.

“While the information about tutors does exist, it was not readily available to the students who needed it. Because of this, students may not have been able to excel in their academics as much if they had access to tutors,” said Jessica.

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Trish Coghlan, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Jessica has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”

The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. For more information about the Gold Award, visit