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Gold Award Girl Scout seeks to improve students’ brains executive function


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St. Louis, MO – September 11, 2018 ─ Morgan Moore, a senior at Fort Zumwalt West High School in O’Fallon, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Moore exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Moore was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

Music training helps children develop fine motor skills but it can also aid emotional and behavioral maturation, according to a study that was conducted for two years by the National Institutes of Health Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Study of Normal Brain Development. An avid music lover, Moore was determined to create a project that conveyed the impact playing Mozart, for example, might have on a student’s cognitive abilities. To earn the Gold Award, Moore produced a video that shows learning to play an instrument can be fun and leads to better brain development. After creating the video, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM presented it to local middle-school students.

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.

A young woman who has earned the Gold Award is a community leader. Gold Award Girl Scouts report a more positive sense of self, are more engaged civically and in community service, have more confidence in their leadership abilities, and experience greater life satisfaction and success relative to their peers. 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

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.