St. Louis, MO – May 3, 2018 –Brianna Dale, a junior at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, MO, recently earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Dale exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Dale will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Dale started learning Spanish in elementary school and said she grew to appreciate the skill of speaking another language. Wanting to promote students’ curiosity about the language, Dale revisited her middle school, St. Patrick’s, and organized their first Spanish club. The Spanish Club participants took Spanish class during school hours but Dale wanted to provide a broader exploration of the language and culture.
Dale said she developed lessons, activities and games featuring an expanded exploration of Hispanic countries for the monthly club. For one lesson, Dale baked several recipes from South America, the Caribbean and Mexico to show the variation between cultures. Dale’s planned activities like baking several recipes required her to adapt and think on her feet, she said not every lesson went off without a hitch. Dale said for her, being a leader is taking initiative and ensuring your plans come to fruition.
“I feel like the St. Patrick School students now have a stronger appreciation for a culture different than their own,” Dale said. “I taught them how to respond to something different.”
At the end of the 2017 school year, the Spanish Club participants elected a president, vice-president and treasurer to guarantee the club remains open and available to students. Dale said she’s going to continue helping as a mentor while the students grow into their leadership roles.
This past February, Gold Award Girl Scout Dale was recognized for her leadership and service at Dessert First, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s annual fundraiser. During the special event, Dale was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for higher education.
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 Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.
A young woman who has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award has become a community leader. Gold Award recipients 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 non-Gold Award peers. 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.