St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Devin Illy, a 2016 Clopton High School graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Illy demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Illy was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Illy said the volunteers at All You Need is Love food pantry located in Auburn, MO had trouble helping community members up the broken stairs and into the building. Illy has been volunteering at All You Need is Love for years, completing a project for the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award of the Girl Scouts of the USA, at the food pantry. So, when Rev. Murray Phillips decided the food pantry needed a solution to the broken stairs, he thought of Illy. Illy said she designed and built an ADA-compliant ramp.
With the help of a family friend, Illy removed the broken stairs, parts of the existing sidewalk, created frames and poured concrete. Illy and the food pantry volunteers celebrated the first day the ramp was in use with a cake-cutting ceremony. Now, patrons of the food pantry can access the food pantry with ease.
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