St. Louis, MO – September 20, 2018 ─ Hannah Kerr, a 2018 graduate of Liberty High School in Liberty, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Kerr exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Kerr was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
Healthy eating can reduce an individual’s risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. But research also shows a strong connection between healthy behaviors and academic success – basically, healthy students are better learners, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To earn her Gold Award, Kerr partnered with Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Catholic Church to ensure her Liberty neighbors have information and recipes about healthy eating to encourage positive lifestyle changes. She created a cookbook featuring recipes like parmesan zucchini chips, shredded chicken tacos and beef stroganoff. These recipes all include ingredients distributed by the church’s food pantry. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM gave copies of the cookbooks to local families and posted a digital version online.
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.