St. Louis, MO – September 19, 2018 ─ Gabriella Indelicato, a 2017 graduate of Eureka High School and Raegan Holland and Megan Majeski, both 2018 graduates of Eureka High School in Eureka, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Indelicato, Holland and Majeski exemplify leaders who have transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Indelicato, Holland and Majeski were among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
Indelicato knows what it means to be a Girl Scout — this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM was an unstoppable force while earning her Girl Scout Gold Award project. To earn Girl Scouting’s highest honor, she partnered with the Eureka Food Pantry and developed an efficient method of organizing donated items. While working on her project, Indelicato took the time to sort through and remove expired or damaged food, leaving only the best options for those in need. She also created signage directing the pantry’s volunteers to specific food categories, making it an easier and faster process for everyone involved.
Girl Scouts has helped prepare millions of G.I.R.L.s like Holland for a lifetime of leadership. When the City of Eureka was hit by a flood in 2015, the Parks and Recreation Department lost games used at community events. Even several years after the natural disaster, the department still didn’t have the resources to replace what was lost. To earn the Gold Award, Holland built several large-scale games for the city, including Connect 4, Ker Plunk, a lollipop tree and checkers. The games are now used at the Kids Korner tent at every city-sponsored event.
Pollinators like butterflies, moths, ants and bees are responsible for producing approximately one third of the nation’s foods and beverages, according to the website, The Pollinator. To earn her Gold Award, Majeski built a pollinator-friendly garden that supplies these species with a huge supply of nectar and pollen. The garden, located in Queeny Park, is filled with native flowering plants, including the Missouri Blue Star, Northern Spice Bush and the Prairie Blazing Star Liatris Pycnostachya. This G.I.R.L. also created an informational brochure to educate the park’s visitors.
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.