Girls ‘Go for Gold’ to Earn Highest Award in Girl Scouting

58 girls will be recognized Saturday, June 15, at the John S. Knight Center

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) will recognize 58 Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award at a ceremony Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.  The Keynote speaker for the event is Girl Scout Alumna, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer.

“Although the Gold Award is the highest, most prestigious recognition a girl may earn in Girl Scouts, we know it is just the beginning of the amazing things these young ladies will accomplish in their lives,” said Jane Christyson, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.  “Their projects have a lasting impact locally, nationally, and globally in environmental awareness, special needs populations, healthy living, community improvements and more.”

Area girls earning this prestigious award include:


Alex McManamon of Avon, Delaney Bak, Elizabeth Kuczynski, Kaitlin Pierce, Paige Cassidy,  Shannon Turner  and Alicia Senart of North Ridgeville, Tammy Blakenship of Rocky River, Caroline Gray, Julia Porcella, Hannah Simon and Mackenzie Smith of Westlake.


Since 1916, the Gold Award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere.  The Gold Award project challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need.  The plan, called a Gold Award proposal, is submitted to council for approval by a committee of volunteers.  Only about five percent of eligible girls take the rigorous path toward earning this prestigious award, but those who complete the journey change the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways.


·        The Gold Award is earned individually and is independent of other awards

·        Girls must be in grades 9 -12 to “Go for the Gold”

·        All projects are approved by a volunteer Gold Award Review Committee

·        It is a national award with national standards

An increasing number of colleges and universities have recognized the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by establishing scholarship programs for them. Girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award often enter the four branches of the United States Armed Services at an advanced level and salary, having been recognized for their level of leadership shown in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.


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