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St. Clair Girl Scout provides essential mental and physical training to local young women


St. Louis, MO – March 15, 2019 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce that Allison Bright has recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Open only to girls in high school, the Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM —and the most difficult to earn. Girls who earn the award have generated long-lasting solutions for real-world challenges at local, national and global levels. These remarkable young women took matters into their own hands and have made a difference the worlds of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), education and legislation. Gold Award Girl Scouts like, Bright, are creating a brighter future for us all! Bright will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

As an avid martial artists student, Bright actively learns how to defend herself should an unexpected situation arise. Wanting to help other young women feel just as strong and capable, Bright decided to pursue the Gold Award and established a weekly self-defense workshop for middle and high school-aged girls.

Bright, with the help of individuals from Zanes Karate & More, developed four, one-hour long karate sessions that comprised of simple self-defense maneuvers like front kicks and middle blocks. Her project also included a video she produced in which Bright demonstrated basic techniques designed to keep individuals safe. Bright has posted the video to YouTube so the content is available to anyone interested in learning.

This G.I.R.L. is doing her part to help continue to build strong women leaders through the power of self-defense – because of her, more young women can confidently overcome mental, emotional and physical adversity.

For more than 100 years, Gold Award Girl Scouts have completed extraordinary projects in eastern Missouri leaving an enduring impact on individuals, organizations, neighbors, schools and their communities. Earning the Gold Award represents the culmination of at least 80 hours of work spanning months, sometimes years. 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