Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shelton State Student and Reform Resident Haley Earns Gold Award

Haley, a freshman at Shelton State Community College, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Haley earned her Gold Award for her project Health and Wellness for Teens. She knew that Americans struggle with obesity, so she focused on educating teenagers about living healthy lifestyles. Haley held exercise classes, did puppet presentations, organized speakers, and she created informational boards and posters to spread her message. She also addressed issues like sexual assault, smoking and safety. Through her project, Haley’s planning, organizational and leadership skills have increased.
“I have learned that being knowledgeable about different topics helps you to feel informed about issues facing the community. Learning is contagious when you pass it on to others and inspire them to learn as well as participate and take control,” said Haley.

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