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Two graduates achieve highest honor in Girl Scouts

Congratulations to Lauren Hammett and Anna Marie Jones, both from the class of 2018, who recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award--the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Lauren and Anna exemplify leaders who have transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Lauren and Anna were among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

Girl Scouts are environmental stewards, working hard to minimize the impact the nation’s current system of disposal has on the community and the world. To earn the Gold Award, Lauren reduced the amount of waste generated in her neighborhood by introducing more recycling options. Lauren learned that more than 5,000 bottled drinks were sold during the previous year’s football season. She partnered with Pepsi to install recycling containers strategically placed around campus.

Teenagers, like adults, can experience stress everyday – including school demands, an unstable living environment, self-esteem conflicts, high expectations and family financial problems. Gold Award Girl Scout Anna knew she and her peers could benefit from learning stress management skills. To earn Girl Scouts’ highest award, Anna organized a Harmony Day for students transitioning from elementary school to middle school. During this workshop, she taught yoga and helped others build new connections using ice-breakers.

The Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million high-school aged Girl Scouts have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.

Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are:

  • Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
  • Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
  • Recognition from government and non-profit organizations