St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Abbey Engelmann, a junior at Ste. Genevieve High School, and Claire Fischer, a 2017 graduate from Ste. Genevieve High School, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Engelmann and Fischer demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Engelmann and Fischer were among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Engelmann loves singing and performing skits with her troop, Troop 3838. She said she enjoys performing at camp so much she wanted other Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to have similar experiences. Engelmann led a team, including her parents, siblings and close friends, to construct a stage with a flagpole at the club and organization area at Hawn State Park in Ste. Genevieve County. A flag was donated by American Legion Post 150 with ceremony instructions for groups.
“I think it is important for people to know how to lead flag ceremonies, as they are an important part of Girl Scouting,” Engelmann said.
Fischer only became a Girl Scout two years ago, but that didn’t stop this go-getter from earning the Gold Award. When Sts. Phillip and James Catholic Church received a new priest, Fischer learned he wanted to make improvements to the building’s outdoor space. After connecting with the priest, Fischer built an outdoor pavilion for parishioners and guests to enjoy during gatherings like luncheons, fish fries and family reunions.
“While working on my Gold Award I learned a lot about time management,” said Fischer. “There were so many parts to this large-scale project, that time management was a key to staying on track.”
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