St. Louis, MO – December 13, 2016 – Girl Scout Nile Trice, a 2016 graduate of Pattonville High School, was among 42 young women in eastern Missouri who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2016. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
A lifelong Girl Scout, Trice learned that even though the Affordable Healthcare Act covered many people without insurance for the first time, there was still a need for those who did not meet the requirements for coverage. She hosted a free health fair for uninsured and underinsured residents of the St. Louis area, coordinating with local businesses, churches and homeless shelters to host the event. Participants received free blood pressure, dental, vision and glucose screenings. The fair took place at Community Health in Partnerships (CHIPs), a local organization that will continue to host this event annually.
“The event provided important health information to the attendees,” Trice said. “I loved seeing the smiling faces of the kids that were seen by the medical professionals. All the hard work was worth it!”
This fall, Trice began her first year at the United States Military Academy (West Point). She plans to become a lawyer.
The Gold Award is the highest national award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grade 9-12, can earn. Attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a significant amount of time planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout 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 Awardee benefits are:
- A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award and enlists in the US Armed Forces, immediately rises one level in rank
- Colleges and universities recognize the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by offering scholarship programs
- Achievements of the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are acknowledged by many government and non-profit organizations