St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Sarah Ayers, a 2017 Parkway West High School graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Ayers demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Ayers was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Ayers organized an art-themed event called “Chalk the Paw” to raise awareness of the plight of animal shelters and shelter pets. She was inspired by a statistic she learned during a field trip; more than 50 percent of shelter pets are euthanized.
Ayers said these findings were eye-opening and wanted to structure her Gold Award project around helping animal shelters lower this percentage.
“Just doing simple things like donating money could be the difference for a shelter like the Humane Society of Missouri,” Ayers said.
This past February, Ayers was recognized for her leadership and service at Dessert First, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s annual fundraiser. Ayers was awarded a $5,000 higher education scholarship.
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