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Gold Award Girl Scout honors unclaimed military heroes


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St. Louis, MO – September 10, 2018 ─ Courtney Kramme, a 2016 graduate of Penn Foster High School and resident of Kirkwood, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Kramme exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Kramme was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

In 2016, Flags of Valor at Art Hill in Forest Park paid tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting to keep the nation safe and free. Each flag displayed bore a name and photo of a fallen hero. These flags were placed in chronological order according to the date the military service member died, allowing for loved ones to more easily locate flags. To earn her Gold Award, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM distributed 238 unclaimed flags of valor to families across eastern Missouri. A proud member of a large military family, Kramme made sure none of the soldiers represented at the installation are ever forgotten.

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.