2014 Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony
June 14, 2014
John S. Knight Center, Akron
By invitation only; please RSVP
Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) will recognize 62 Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award at a ceremony Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The Keynote speaker for the event is Sara Shookman, a Reporter for WKYC-TV, who covered the Sochi Olympics in Russia.
“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.”
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.
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.