St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Olivia Money, a 2016 Fox High School graduate and Missouri University of Science and Technology student, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Money demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Money was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Money got her hands gooey while completing her project to earn the Gold Award. She led a group of third-graders at Sherwood Elementary located in Arnold, MO in several science-related workshops, instructing them on making slime and fossils and taught topics like density. Money also created learning materials and activity kits teachers could use in the coming years. Money said she wanted younger kids, especially girls, to become interested in science.
“I didn’t get interested in science until my 10th grade chemistry class,” Money said. “I would have liked something like this so I was more interested at an earlier age.”
Watching the faces of the third-graders while Money executed an experiment called “Elephant Toothpaste” was her favorite part of the project.
“Basically, you put some chemicals in a beaker and it shoots out and makes foam,” Money said. “The kids lost their minds.”
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