St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Alyssa Boning, a junior at Mehlville Senior High School, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Boning demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Boning was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Boning wanted to share her passion for reading with others. She built a 2,000-book library for preschoolers at St. Thomas Holy Spirit Learning Center. It took her approximately three months to gather donated books from her community before categorizing, stickering, numbering and cataloguing them. Her favorite moment was seeing all those books on the shelves. Boning said it’s a sustainable endeavor as the students will donate books, helping grow the original collection.
“I came up with a system that a kid can bring in a book on their birthday,” Boning said. “So maybe it’s a book they really like but want to donate to the library. We put a special sticker that says, ‘this is from____ on their birthday.’ And of course, people can donate books whenever they want.”
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