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Maryland Heights Girl Scout speaks out against bullying


St. Louis, MO – September 27, 2018 ─ Emily Baughman, an upcoming 2019 graduate of Parkway North High School in Creve Coeur, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Baughman exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Baughman was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

One out of every five students reports being bullied at school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Baughman, who experienced bullying in grade school, understood the isolation and hopelessness that many children feel from teasing and taunting. For her Gold Award project, Baughman provided young children with tools designed to increase self-esteem. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM taught lessons to third through fifth grade students at McKelvey Elementary School, focusing on the effects of bullying and how to report instances to trusted adults. Baughman also led the students through peer meditation workshops, highlighting the importance of communication in resolving conflict. The curriculum Baughman created is sustained through anti-bullying and leadership summer school courses offered at the elementary school.

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