St. Louis, MO – Oct. 25, 2016 – Jessica Thoelke, Jacqueline Wong, Xueting Ding and Rachel Steiner, all graduates of Ladue Horton-Watkins High School, were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this year. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting.
Thoelke, a 2016 Ladue graduate and Washington University freshman, noticed a lack of opportunities for students in her area to learn coding, and worked with teachers and administrators in the Ladue School District to create a Code Red Coding Club. Each week, she led 30 to 40 middle school students in learning coding and computing, inspiring them to pursue their passions and careers in STEM fields. Thoelke was one of two Gold Awardees to earn a 2016 Dessert First scholarship from Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
“My Gold Award prepared me for college by giving me lots of practice initiating communication and interacting with adults who had resources that would help me enhance and complete my project,” Thoelke said. “As a result, I now feel pretty comfortable using this skill with my professors and TAs by seeking out information from them and opportunities on a large campus.”
Wong, also a freshman at Washington University, wanted to close the gender gap in technology careers through her Gold Award project. She implemented a Technovation Club at her school, an all-girl’s competition that chal...