St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Lawson Dyson, a 2017 Fort Zumwalt West High School graduate, and Alexis Lesch, a senior at Fort Zumwalt West High School, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Dyson and Lesch demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Dyson and Lesch were among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Dyson said she felt like she was losing her connection with the younger members at Murchison Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, so she decided to revitalize their youth room. Dyson led a group of peers to create an engaging space for young people to hang out by painting the walls and adding couches and fun seating areas. Since the updates to the room were made, teens have been more involved with the youth ministry. They’ve held ice cream socials, game nights and ‘bring a friend’ evenings.
“I learned how to better communicate with adults and organization leaders,” Dyson said. “I also became more efficient with my time; I wanted to finish before my senior year was over.”
Lesch said she noticed many students’ lack of interaction with those in the special education department. She said she wanted to increase these relationships by helping students bond over gardening. Lesch created and built a planting station which is maintained by both the special education students and their peers.
“I learned to become a better leader and step up to take charge of a group,” Lesch said. “I was really scared at first, but now this experience has helped me as the assistant captain of the Color Guard team at school.”
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