St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Taylor King, a 2017 Incarnate Word Academy graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, King demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. King was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
King said her passion for art was the drive behind her Gold Award project. After revisiting her elementary school, King saw the art program had been reduced over the years, the teachers were only doing small-scale projects.
King said she wanted to give students an expanded program so she created and taught lessons about different forms of art. King’s lessons included a water coloring project and a quilt block collage. In addition to helping strengthen the current art program, King said she wanted to give them artistic projects so they would have something to do in their spare time and let their creativity out.
“You learn so much when you earn the Gold Award,” King said. “It inspires you and gives you something to reflect on, ‘wow, you really did this and you helped other people.’”
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