Monday, January 7, 2013

Fayette County High Senior Goes Gold!

Sarah, a senior at Fayette County High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Sarah earned her Gold Award for her project Grief Insight for Teens (G.I.F.T. at Fayette County High School). After her own father died, Sarah noticed a need for grief counseling in her high school. Her project focused on creating an environment where students experiencing the death of a friend or loved one at Fayette County High School could openly discuss their feelings. The school counselor will continue the monthly meetings.

“Students will not have the struggle I did in trying to find a comfortable environment. Also, this gives students a chance to talk about their problems instead of letting it build up inside them,” said Sarah. 

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