St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Lauryn Torluemke, a 2017 St. Dominic High School graduate and freshman at Southeast Missouri State University, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Torluemke demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Torluemke was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Torluemke wanted to address obesity with her Gold Award project. She developed and presented educational health lessons to the second- and seventh-grade classes at Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Catholic School. Her lessons included a discussion about the different food groups, online games creating healthy meal options and several five-minute workouts.
“I loved working with the kids, especially the second graders,” Torluemke said. “They have so much energy. It was so fun to teach them because they really go into it, and asked a lot of great questions. They were so enthusiastic and were ready to do anything I gave them!”
Her Gold Award project will be sustained with the help of the school’s physical education teachers. The teachers plan to continue sharing Torluemke’s health lessons with their students for years to come.
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