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Wildwood Gold Award Girl Scout empowers others with kind words and dogs


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St. Louis, MO – May 29, 2018 –Alyssa Hahn, a senior at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, MO, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Hahn exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with a measurable and sustainable impact. Hahn will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Students at Lafayette High School can now escape the stress of finals by interacting with several therapy dogs in the school’s library—just one relaxation activity out of many during a De-Stress day organized by Hahn. Since starting her Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2016, Hahn has hosted four De-Stress days, each day falling a week before midterms or finals. More than 120 students show up for each De-Stress day, ready to participate in the crafts, coloring stations, movies and of course, rubbing the bellies of the visiting therapy dogs.

Hahn has made it her mission to provide some relief to her fellow students during times of high anxiety, but she’s also worked hard to ensure her peers receive positive messages. Whether she sends a tweet reading “You are unbelievably loved and the world benefits from your presence each and every day. Keep going” or handing out cookies wrapped with written affirmations, Hahn believes in the power of kindness.

“My favorite part about completing this project was reaching out and helping my peers,” Hahn said. “Students are overwhelmed and are expected to do so many things. It’s nice to take a step back and remember there are more important things.”

When Hahn graduates high school in the spring, the De-Stress days will be organized by a group of more than 20 Lafayette High School students called Lancers Helping Lancers. Hahn is a true G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovators, Risk-taker, Leader)TM and is changing her community for the better!

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 grades ninth through 12th have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.

A young woman who has earned the Girl Scout 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 Gold Award Girl Scout benefits 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
  • Certificates and letters from Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, United States Navy and the South St. Louis Marine Corps League Auxiliary
  • Receiving a Sacagawea Gold Dollar from the United States Mint

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.