The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn, and 11 Girl Scouts across the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland council recently accomplished this coveted honor over the 2012-2013 season.
Brooke Lockhart, a 2013 graduate of Goodland High School, focused her Gold Award project on increasing tourism off of I-70 into the heart of her hometown. Brooke shared, “My goal was to spark an interest in visitors to explore my community and their own.” Brooke worked to organize and personalize a tour of local points of interest including historical and cultural. The tour is available online for mobile devices as well as an electronic kiosk located on site of the giant Van Gogh painting, a Goodland treasure.
Allison Hohmann, a junior at Thomas- More Prep Marian High School of Hays, focused her Gold Award project making literacy kits for Spanish-speaking families in USD 489. Allison
shared, “my goal was to create a tool that will benefit not only the children, but the whole family because they are learning English together.” Brooke worked to organize these literacy kits as well as a check out system for other teachers in the district. The kits included a book, a cd recording of the book, and a game to reinforce the concept being taught.
Jennifer Delzeit, a 2013 graduate of Dodge City High School, focused her Gold Award project on addressing safety and obesity in the public. It involved creating large walking trail signs that included safety regulations and mileage for local walking trails. Jennifer shared, “Personally, this has taught me that if you’re doing something impactful and you let others know about it, the community will respond in a positive way and help you out.” Jennifer worked to organize a bake sale to raise funds for the signs and held a public naming contest gaining public interaction.
Kala Pinkham, a 2013 senior at Derby High School, focused her Gold Award project on teaching others in her community about the different communication style of the deaf and hard of hearing. Kala shared, “I’ve learned I can make a difference and that I was able to encourage, educate and inspire others through classes I taught and by being a positive example to others I met.” Kala developed curriculum, advertised and taught classes on American Sign Language to bridge discussions about this type of communication.
Diana Stanley (not pictured) is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Caroll High School in Wichita. Her Gold Award project induced the remodel of the Museum of World Treasure’s Education Room along with developing an education program for the museum’s youth attendees. Diana rerouted the room to enter in a more child-friendly way and turned a previous office space into a classroom researching age appropriate material and including famous women in history. Diana shared, “I learned how to break down large problems. I can use this in a leadership capacity to delegate tasks in a more effectively utilized team.”
Alice Tunks-Jones and Caitlin Hook (not pictured), Emporia High School graduates, collaborated to bring their project, Give a Little – Help A Lot, to the their community. The goal of this Gold Award was to provide students with necessary school supplies to succeed academically. They recognized that not all families can afford such basic needs and they were called to action. Both girls listed time management as a large lesson and shared that school staff was very grateful that the supplies would fulfill a need that they see each year. Alice commented, “ I have never felt more connected to my community.” A joint venture by four Belleville Girl Scouts brought activity to an entire town. Kelby Johnson, Jacyln Sheets (not pictured), Abbey Anderson, and Jayden Jackson (not pictured) combined their projects to bring a sand volleyball court to their community. Linking their project nationally and globally to the Olympics, they introduced a sport for all ages to enjoy through a communal tournament. These eager Girl Scouts took steps to meet with the city manager, city council members and other community groups forming a sustainable project.
Note: Joint Gold Award project proposals are no longer accepted by GSUSA Standards as of 2012.
Find out more about earning your Gold Award on the Teen Mentoring Awards page.