St. Louis, MO – September 27, 2018 ─ Danielle Prince, a 2017 graduate of Herculaneum High School in Herculaneum, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Prince exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Prince was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
When a family member of Prince’s became a victim of hazing and discrimination, the behavior was dismissed as “boys just being boys.” Discouraged by the lack of legal justice for high school hazing victims, Prince developed a campaign addressing the underlying issues such as harassment, racism and bullying. She created an informational video highlighting hazing effects and distributed it to athletic coaches at her school. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM also penned letters to Missouri legislators urging them to revise anti-hazing laws to include high schools, not just colleges and universities. Prince said her project aims to change the culture and attitude toward hazing and violent behavior.
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.