St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Alexandria Rensing, a 2017 Lutheran High School North graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Rensing demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Rensing was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Knitting hats and mittens might not be an activity commonly seen within the walls of a prison but Rensing was focused on providing inmates a form of rehabilitation.
Acting as a liaison, Rensing worked with prisons and local nonprofits such as Crisis Nursery to donate inmates’ knitted items to those in need.
“Usually the kids [at Crisis Nursery] are in a bad situation so it’s nice for them to get things like teddy bears or hats and mittens for the winter that are nice and good quality,” Rensing said. “This also raises awareness for rehabilitation for prisoners, it could impact their lives if more rehabilitation is available to them.”
Rensing said working on earning her Gold Award helped her develop leadership skills, she said she learned how to speak her voice and make a difference within her community.
The Girl Scout Gold Award requires determination, communication, time management and a desire to make a difference. This distinguished award challenges girls to change the world and solve a community issue. The process requires at least 80 hours of service and often spans months or even years.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, putting them among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Award Girl Scout benefits are:
- Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
- Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
- Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations
- Certificates and letters from Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, United States Navy and the South St. Louis Marine Corps League Auxiliary
- Receiving a Sacagawea Gold Dollar from the United States Mint