Thursday, January 17, 2013

Auburn Freshman Earns Gold Award

Heather, a freshman at Auburn University and graduate of Hillcrest High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Heather earned her Gold Award for her project The Alabama Poison Control Center Official Coloring and Activity Book. Her project focused on creating a children’s activity book about the Alabama Poison Center (APC). People in her community knew when to call 911, but many did not know the APC’s number. The majority of those seen by the APC for poison exposure are children, so Heather wanted to make sure others knew about the organization in case they needed help.

“Children learn better when they can do something fun!” said Heather. 

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Trish Coghlan, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Heather 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 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