St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Josy Teson, a senior at Troy Buchanan High School, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Teson demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Teson was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Teson said her Gold Award project was inspired by a child she babysits who is confined to a wheelchair and couldn’t enjoy the playground equipment at Avery Park in Troy. She said she wanted to purchase and install a handicap-accessible swing so the child and others like him can join in on the fun.
After organizing and hosting several fundraising events, including ice skating and bowling nights for Girl Scouts and selling peanuts at Rural King, Teson raised enough money to purchase the handicap-accessible swing. She said employees of the city of Troy installed the swing once it was delivered to the park.
“When the swing was first installed, my Student Council advisor and I took some of the special education students to the park since it’s right across the street from the school,” Teson said. “We let each of the kids take turns on the swing, they love it!”
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