Monday, August 11, 2014

Girl Scout Earns Gold Award with Introduction to Beginner Band Project

Kara S., a 10th grader at Vinemont High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Smith earned her Gold Award for her project, Introduction to Marching Band. Her project focused on providing a music program for the students of Vinemont Elementary. Kara noticed that students were not joining 6th grade “beginner band” because they had not become familiar with music, instruments or band in elementary school.  At the end of the program, there was a 23.7 percent increase in basic instrument knowledge and a 30 percent increase in the number of students who plan to participate in beginner band.

“At first, the project seemed overwhelming,” said Kara. “Music is one of the first programs to be cut when funding is low in schools. Also, many students are missing scholarship opportunities by not learning to play a musical instrument or participating in marching bands.”

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

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

Girl Scouting gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something BIG! Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves over 15,000 girl members ages 5-17 and 5,000 volunteers in programs across 36 counties. For more information, call 800-734-4541 or visit