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St. Charles Girl Scout Goes for the Gold


St. Louis, MO – September 10, 2019 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Nicolette Kolenc, a 10-year Girl Scout and graduate of Orchard Farm 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 Kolenc are creating a brighter future for us all! Kolenc was recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this past June.

For incoming freshman and transfer students, the transition to high school can be daunting. So, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM decided to create a warm and welcoming space to serve as a physical reminder to support one another.

Kolenc asked each student to paint their handprint, name and graduation year on a tile that will hang on a board in the school’s common area until they graduate. Their senior class board will then be displayed at graduation after which they will receive their tile as a memory of their time in high school. Kolenc’s Welcoming Hand Project will be sustained by the school’s art club. They are continuing the tradition of painting the handprint of all incoming students.

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