St. Louis, MO – February 5, 2018 – Catherine Fix, a 2017 Ursuline Academy graduate and Missouri State freshman, recently earned the Gold Award Girl Scout, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Fix exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Fix will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Fix said when she was younger she loved to hide in the various nooks around school, curled up with her favorite books. After learning from a family member who works at Normandy High School that the school didn’t have similar alcoves, Fix decided to create a spot for those students providing them a space to relax, craft, play games and read.
Fix collected donations from family members and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parishioners to furnish Normandy High School’s communal space. Donations included carpet squares, books, arts and craft supplies, games, a beanbag chair, bookcases and several fidget spinners.
“My favorite part was seeing the project completed and getting feedback from administrators at Normandy High School,” Fix said. “Students are actually staying after school to participate in more clubs because of this area.”
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.