In 2018, 22 go-getter Girl Scouts from central and northern Arizona were honored for having demonstrated their leadership by tackling a community or global issue and achieving measurable, sustainable and far-reaching results. Through their efforts they have earned the Gold Award—the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. Nationally, only about one million Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916. To earn the Gold Award, girls spend over 80 hours working on a project that addresses a community problem and is important to each girl. Overall, the process usually takes 18 to 24 months and often involves seeking in-kind donations and recruiting volunteers. For most of these girls, this award is the culmination of more than 10 years in Girl Scouts. Gold Award Girl Scouts earn college scholarships, enter the military at a higher rank, and—most importantly—are committed to creating a better future for their entire community. These young women are worth watching as they become tomorrow’s leaders–in our communities, our country and the world!
(Girls not pictured: Preston Buck, Jenny Dowd, Angela Foley, Fiala Richard and Emma Sar.)
Kari Joy Thomas