St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Kayla Noyes, a 2016 Macon High School graduate and sophomore at University of Central Missouri, and Rebecca Wilcox, a 2016 Macon High School graduate and sophomore at Western Illinois University, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Noyes and Wilcox demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. They were among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Noyes said she knew some of the rich history of Macon before earning her Gold Award but wanted to learn more. She worked with the Macon Historical Society to organize a room displaying artifacts from some of Macon’s organizations and clubs. She collected a 1930’s Brownie sash from a Girl Scout alumnae, badges from Boy Scouts and a gavel the length of her arm used community meetings plus much more.
“It is very important to be organized when doing something like this,” Noyes said. “You also have to take responsibility to be able to communicate with people you don’t know. There were a lot of times I was going to places where I knew no one, but still needed to get in contact with someone.”
Inspired by her brother who started an Ultimate Frisbee team, Wilcox said she wanted to help children find new ways to exercise that didn’t involve going to the gym or playing football. She worked with the local YMCA and the Truman State University Ultimate Frisbee team to lead a workshop for children in the community, educating them about healthy eating, nutrition and the rules of Ultimate Frisbee.
“Seeing the kids’ faces during the seminar was fun,” Wilcox said. “The parents came up to me and said things like, ‘is [Ultimate Frisbee] really a thing?’ They had no idea, and seeing their kids having fun was amazing.”
Wilcox said the Long Branch Area YMCA located in Macon will continue to provide Ultimate Frisbee clinics, camps and games to interested children.
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