Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tuscaloosa Girl Scout Earns Gold Award

Katy, a freshman at the University of Alabama and graduate of Hillcrest High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Katy earned her Gold Award for her project Color the Country. She noticed that the map behind Englewood Elementary School had faded so much that it was barely noticeable. She wanted the students to be able to learn about the geography of the United States, so she re-painted the map as well as a four-square game area. Katy hopes the students will now have a better hands-on learning experience. Because of her project, Katy is now more comfortable talking to adults and leading a group in a project.

“[I did] something I didn’t think I could do…children will benefit for many years to come,” said Katy.

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Melva Tate, interim chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Katy 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.

About Girl Scout Gold Award
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