St. Louis, MO – June 1, 2018 – Audrey Goedegebuure, a senior at Clayton High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Goedegebuure exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Goedegebuure will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Goedegebuure took on the roles of designer, illustrator and writer when producing a 20-page coloring book to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. Goedegerbuure’s coloring book features drawings specific to the St. Louis area—illustrations of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and the St. Louis Arch are all found throughout the pages. Goedegebuure said she created the coloring book to help the children of immigrants become more familiar with their new home.
“My family carpools with a young girl from China and every time we went to music lessons together, she’d tell us things she’d learned,” Goedegebuure said. “She wanted to learn more about St. Louis, especially Halloween. Of course, in St. Louis you have to tell jokes to get candy.”
When Goedegebuure completed the coloring book, she printed and bound 25 copies then donated them to the English Learning (EL) program at Captain Elementary School in St. Louis. Sarah Gottemoeller, English Language Instructional Specialist at Captain Elementary, said she uses the coloring books as a teaching tool for her students to learn about St. Louis’ culture. Goedegebuure shares a PDF of her coloring on a website, leaving a message of inclusion and creativity for anyone interested in downloading the work. Visit https://sites.google.com/site/welcometostl/home for a copy of the coloring book.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million Girl Scouts in ninth through 12th grade have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.
A young woman who has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award has become a community leader. Gold Award recipients report a more positive sense of self, are more engaged civically and in community service, have more confidence in their leadership abilities, and experience greater life satisfaction and success relative to their non-Gold Award peers. 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
Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit girlscoutsem.org/join.