Monday, October 5, 2015

Stella Davis of Birmingham Earns Gold Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.October 2, 2015–Stella Davis, a senior at Indian Spring School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Davis earned the Gold Award for her project, “Go Girls.” Her project focused on offering girls from lower socioeconomic status activities to help build their self esteem. Davis worked with girls grades 1-5 at Birmingham’s YWCA.

Davis introduced the girls to activities like acting, art and improv and educated them on the importance of diet and exercise for a healthy lifestyle. Davis’ program taught girls how to pick healthier food options, as well as the basics skills of volleyball and basketball. Davis’ project taught the girls valuable nutrition information and will hopefully inspire the girls to stay engaged in sports for years to come.

“Young girls have no idea how the choices they make when they are young will define them throughout their lives,” Davis said. “Obesity and diabetes rates are constantly rising, programs like mine could offer alternative options that lead to positive choices.”

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Mary Charles, interim chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Stella 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 our website.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
We're over 18,000 strong—14,000 girls and 4,000 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit or call 800-734-4541.