St. Louis, MO – September 19, 2018 ─ Alexa Sutherlin, an upcoming 2019 graduate of John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Sutherlin exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Sutherlin was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
Sutherlin is an incredible example of what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM. To earn Girl Scouts’ highest honor, she partnered with Friends of Wings, a BJC Pediatric Hospice program, to generate meaningful moments for patients and their families. Sutherlin delivered decorated pumpkins at Halloween, handed out pizzas and pies at Thanksgiving, distributed decorated Christmas trees in December and wrote Valentine’s Day cards in February. She also spearheaded a social media campaign to raise awareness about the Friends of Wings organization using #FOWMomentMakers. Friends of Wings has adopted Sutherlin’s project and volunteers will continue to write and distribute cards to those in the hospice program.
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 girlscoutsem.org/join.