St. Louis, MO – March 22, 2018 – Keely Mannion, a junior at Fort Zumwalt South High School, recently earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Mannion exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Mannion will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Mannion wanted to have an adventure while earning her Gold Award and Vicki Phillips, Mannion’s Troop Leader and St. Peters Director of Parks Operations, helped in a big way. Phillips shared a list of projects that need to be completed at 370 Lakeside Park. Mannion came across a project description that simply read, “plant trees in water.” Mannion said she knew from reading this, the project was definitely going to be an adventure.
Leading a team of family members, her Girl Scout troop and friends, Mannion wrapped the roots of more than 300 trees in burlap and then planted them directly into the 140-acre recreational lake, ultimately helping restore the park’s wetland. During the process of earning the Gold Award, Mannion said she learned how to organize her teams and their responsibilities, helping grow her leadership development skills.
“My favorite part of the project was seeing the result of what the park looked like before and after,” Mannion said. “These plants are going to help animals and the lake because the vegetation will help create a cleaner lake.”
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
Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit girlscoutsem.org/join.