St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Kailyn Deavens, a 2017 Hazelwood West High School graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Deavens demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Deavens was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Leading discussions about bullying, peer pressure and self-esteem might not be something everyone feels comfortable tackling, especially when the audience is a group of young students. Deavens said she wanted to engage young girls in conversations about these very topics and pass on positive methods of taking action.
Deavens partnered with a nonprofit organization to mentor a group of 5- and 6-year old girls. She said there were times the education process was challenging but ultimately Deavens learned patience, enhanced her communication and leadership skills and learned how to better her community.
“Everybody is going to go through peer pressure, self-esteem, bullying,” Deavens said. “I want them to be able to deal with those things in a positive way, that’s what I was trying to teach them.”
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