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Gold Award Girl Scout helps Ferguson-Florissant community identify days with poor air quality


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

It’s in a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM DNA to be green. The organization’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was passionate about the outdoors. Today, Girl Scouts honor her legacy by focusing on the care and conservation of the planet. Hayner carried on the tradition of environmental stewardship through her Gold Award project. To earn Girl Scouting’s highest honor, Hayner built an ozone garden at the Little Creek Nature area in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Community members will be able to identify days when the ground ozone level has reached unhealthy levels by observing irregularities like spots or bronzing manifesting on the leaves of the plants.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. 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 relative to their 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.