Ashlyn, a graduate of Bob Jones High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Ashlyn earned her Gold Award for her project Ongoing Blood Drive at Messiah Lutheran Church. Ashlyn learned that many hospitals have a shortage of blood due to sickness and accidents. She told people why blood was important so more people would donate blood. She made a Blood Drive Manual and held a blood drive at Messiah Lutheran Church, which will continue to hold blood drives in the future. Ashlyn’s leadership skills grew as she learned more about the world, developed new relationships, and worked to solve an issue in the community.
“Only eight percent of the eligible 20 percent of people actually donate in Alabama...people did not realize this and some actually signed up to donate because of it,” said Ashlyn. “If everyone who could give a pint indeed gave on, we would have no worries about shortage of blood.”
“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Melva Tate, interim chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Ashlyn 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 girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.