Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hoover Graduate Earns Gold Award for Senior Citizens' Independence Day Celebration Project

Olivia, a Hoover High School graduate planning on attending Rhodes College in the fall of 2013, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Olivia earned her Gold Award for her project South Haven Nursing Home Independence Day Celebration. Her project focused on recognizing the military service of veterans in South Haven Nursing Home. She put into place the Veteran’s Appreciation Program, which included an Independence Day celebration. She made decorations for all the residents’ doors, indicating which residents were veterans with special signs and decorations. Olivia also organized a program where Hoover High School Chamber Choir members sang the national anthem and the Hoover High School featured twirler performed. Veterans were recognized as songs for each branch of the military were played. She, other Girl Scouts and friends visited with residents as they enjoyed a huge red, white and blue cake. Olivia’s brother-in-law, who was deployed but able to come home for Christmas, also visited with residents and thanked them for their service. He also helped Olivia deliver blankets she and her friends made for the residents. The staff at the nursing home plans to continue the program as an annual tradition, and it is already on the calendar for 2013.  

“I learned that taking an interest in people goes a long way in making them feel valuable and contributing to their overall wellness. When talking to the veterans, asking about their lives and making an effort to make their day better, I saw the joy that was brought by such a simple act,” said Olivia.

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