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Beaufort Girl Scout Goes for the Gold


St. Louis, MO – September 10, 2019 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Victoria Suerig, a graduate of Union High School, has recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award demonstrating extraordinary leadership through a remarkable community service project. 

The Gold Award is a shining example of what a girl can achieve as these recipients have stepped up to generate long-lasting solutions for real-world challenges at local, national and global levels. Open only to girls in high school, these young leaders are taking matters into their own hands and making a difference the worlds of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), education and legislation. Gold Award Girl Scouts like Suerig are creating a brighter future for us all! Suerig was recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this past June.

When Suerig started work on earning her Gold Award, she decided to tackle the challenge of recycling and reusing in her community. An avid equestrian, Suerig partnered with Exceptional Equestrians. She learned they had an ever-growing pile of manure that could not be reused. So, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM built a structure that would utilize the compost.  

Suerig constructed two 10x10 ft bins that would allow for the turnover of manure which will help decrease the amount of gases and toxic run off produced. Working more than 80 hours, Suerig led a team of volunteers with donated supplies from CEL Construction and Havin Materials to complete the new compost structure. To sustain her project, staff at Exceptional Equestrian are maintaining the new recycling system.  

For more than 100 years, eastern Missouri Gold Award Girl Scouts have funded and led projects that have left an enduring impact on individuals, organizations, neighborhoods and schools. 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