St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Kayla Brown, a 2017 Cor Jesu Academy graduate, and Mia Maciorowski, also a 2017 Cor Jesu Academy graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Brown and Maciorowski demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Brown and Maciorowski were among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Maciorowski said she started the Cor Jesu Academy’s Arbor Club to relieve some of the stress students feel during the academic year in addition to wanting to share her passion of the outdoors. She said she wanted to create an atmosphere that allowed getting down and dirty in nature.
Downward facing dog might have been intended to be executed on the ground but that didn’t stop Maciorowski and the Arbor Club members from also trying it in trees. In addition to activities like practicing yoga on branches, Maciorowski organized poetry slams, nut scavenger hunts and distributed flyers about deforestation to raise awareness on the importance of trees.
Although Maciorowski graduated from high school, she said the Arbor Club is active and the new leadership is sharing their love for the outdoors with Cor Jesu Academy students.
Another Cor Jesu Academy student who earned her Gold Award includes Brown. Brown said she wanted to help those students who might feel left out of the games taking place during recess. Brown’s solution was to build a buddy bench at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School. According to Brown, if you are sitting on the buddy bench, you’re looking for a friend. When someone asks you to play, join them. If you’re not sitting on the bench, ask a classmate sitting on the bench to play.
“It was something I saw online that other schools had done,” Brown said. “It stood out because I knew this was something I could do and I really liked the message behind it.”
Brown said her favorite part of the project was completing the bench and then installing it at the school. The principal told her a lot of kids have been using it, she said.
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