Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cullman Girl Earns Gold Award

Allison, a sophomore at Cullman High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Allison earned her Gold Award for her project Art for Boys. Her project focused on teaching art to boys in the face of decreased funding in arts programs. Allison’s research showed that strong relationships existed between the arts and other fundamental cognitive skills. Allison taught a group of boys a craft and gave them a history lesson.

 “I hope that by offering the free classes, I opened up a chance for boys who were even slightly interested to learn and play around with art,” said Allison.

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