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For this Gold Award Girl Scout, the pen is mightier than the sword


St. Louis, MO – September 5, 2018 ─ Taylor Leann Anthony, a 2018 graduate of Troy Buchanan High School in Troy, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Anthony exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Anthony was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

A recent report finds that children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years. Gold Award Girl Scout Anthony was determined to provide additional literacy opportunities for children outside of school, so she built a library adding to the more than 75,000 already registered Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the country. She also donated books so the Little Free Library was stocked and ready for future patrons. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM is a catalyst for improving reading and deepening community connectedness. For those interested in borrowing a book – this library is located outside the First Christian Church in Troy, Mo.

The Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million high-school aged Girl Scouts have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.

A young woman who has earned the Gold Award is a community leader. Gold Award Girl Scouts 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 peers. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are:

  • Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
  • Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
  • Recognition from government and non-profit organizations

Earning the 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