Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuscaloosa Native Earns Gold Award with Success in School Project

Audrey, a student at the Alabama School of Math and Science and Tuscaloosa native, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Audrey earned her Gold Award for her project Success Starts in School. Audrey was concerned about the large number of adolescents dropping out of school in her region, so she focused on educating middle school girls on the importance of staying in school. She created a website with a motivational video designed to teach girls to stay in school and make good decisions for their futures, and she gave a seminar about the importance of staying in school. Ninety percent of the seminar attendees said they learned and/or gained skills or knowledge from the seminar. Audrey’s project will be sustained by Women of the World as they continue to educate middle school girls on the importance of continuing their education. Audrey’s project taught her how to communicate more effectively and how to be more self-reliant.

“The interaction with the girls I was reaching out to with this project was very positive, and it was a rewarding feeling to know that my project affected them,” said Audrey.

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