Today we celebrate an event that will be forever etched in the archives of the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, the final class to receive the Gold Award during the first 100 years of Girl Scouting. We are pleased to present this prestigious award to 74 young ladies who have embraced the values of Girl Scouts by facilitating change in their communities.
As the highest achievement bestowed by Girl Scouts, the Gold Award undoubtedly has an inspirational story behind it for every Girl Scout who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in the completion of a community action project. The prerequisites alone would overwhelm many, a long list that includes hours upon hours devoted to smaller projects, both leadership and career hours spent in "on the job" training. A girl either holds a leadership position herself or shadows others as part of a learning process. A Gold Award project proposal must be written, approved and made the subject of an interview with a Girl Scout committee before being approved again, and only then may the project be carried out. These young women have shown that they are high achievers who understand the value of setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Challenges are met and opportunities are transposed into a bright future for each of these Girl Scouts who actively exhibit courage, confidence and character, to make the world a better place. A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award is eligible for scholarships and immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.We congratulate the 2011 class of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients , 74 excellent leaders, and look forward to their continued successes and professional achievements throughout their lives - and the next century of Girl Scouting.
Lorain Morning Journal