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Gold Award Girl Scout helps enrich the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease


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St. Louis, MO – September 19, 2018 – Joelina Kuhn, an upcoming 2021 graduate at Warrenton High School in Warrenton, MO, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Kuhn exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Kuhn was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

In 2018, an estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. To earn her Gold Award, Kuhn committed to helping enrich the lives of patients with Alzheimer’s by giving these individuals an opportunity for self-expression and engagement. She learned through research that music can decrease agitation and spark memories for those with the disease. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM converted hundreds of songs, including those of Frank Sinatra, to mp3 devices. Kuhn then distributed these devices to residents at a Silverstone Place, helping them relive music from their past.

The Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project. 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 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 than non-Gold Award 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 many 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.