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St. Charles Girl Scout composes 500-piece music library


St. Louis, MO – September 13, 2018 ─Marissa Gibbons, a 2019 graduate of Francis Howell High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Gibbons exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Gibbons was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

A clarinet player since sixth grade, Gibbons spent countless hours sifting through sheets of music at her old middle school. The cramped closet, which contained 500 disorganized pieces of music, discouraged students from discovering diverse and challenging material. For her Gold Award project, Gibbons created a music library that simplified finding new compositions.

Gibbons visited Francis Howell Middle School on Thursday afternoons, organizing sheets of music and installing shelves. Sorting through the pieces, Gibbons uncovered dozens of duplicates, relocated missing pages and even uncovered a few masterpieces. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM developed an online spreadsheet that made locating pieces even more accessible. 

“My Gold Award project makes it easier for students to choose pieces that challenge them and are fun,” Gibbons said.
“I wanted it to help future students increase their level of musicianship.”

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