St. Louis, MO – September 27, 2018 ─ Sydney Wieberg, a 2018 graduate of Holt High School in Wentzville, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Wieberg exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Wieberg was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
While volunteering at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Mo., Wieberg came across a plot of barren land. Unlike the 300-acres of lush forest throughout the reservation, the soil was dry and lacked vegetation. For her Gold Award project, Wieberg restored the deteriorating area, transforming it into two gardens with native plants.
Wieberg covered the seven-foot and ten-foot tracts of land with fresh dirt, then layered it with mulch and rocks which were donated by the organization. She sowed shade-resistant flowers and shrubs that could thrive in the dim and arid environment. Wieberg consulted with a horticulturalist to find companion plants that attract pollinators like bees and enable growth. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM also decorated the gardens with bird fountains and houses, inviting both wildlife and patrons to explore the restored area.
“I wanted my Gold Award project to help bring life back to the area
and make it a place visitors and wildlife could enjoy,” Wieberg
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.