Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hoover High Graduate Earns Gold Award with Teen Driving Safety Class Project

Elizabeth, a Hoover High School graduate who plans on attending Auburn University in the fall of 2013, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Elizabeth earned her Gold Award for her project Teen Driving Safety Awareness. Her project focused on educating teens at Hoover High School about Alabama’s graduated drivers’ license laws, and how the laws are designed to keep teens safe. Young drivers and their parents attended a presentation where Elizabeth talked about the laws, local professionals gave advice on safe driving and a mother talked about losing her child to unsafe driving. Elizabeth also created a curriculum for drivers’ education teachers at Hoover High School. She received positive feedback from a survey she gave at the end of her presentation, and one drivers’ education teacher she talked with said Elizabeth’s curriculum was helpful in educating his students about graduated license laws. The teachers who received the curriculum will continue to use it in their classrooms and will update it as laws change.

“I think that the most successful aspect of my project was relaying to teenagers that they are not invincible and that driving is a serious task,” said Elizabeth.

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