St. Louis, MO – October 2, 2019 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Maddison McGuire, a student at Fort Zumwalt East 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 McGuire are creating a brighter future for us all! McGuire was recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this past June.
When McGuire started work on earning the Gold Award, she tapped into her passion for the theatre. Students at Lewis and Clark Elementary School were lacking a robust drama program because of inconsistent help. McGuire decided she wanted to make a lasting impact on the theatre department to encourage, inform and inspire students.
This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM coordinated two workshops to create a foundation and a connection between Lewis and Clark Elementary and the St. Peters community to recruit volunteers on a consistent basis. McGuire brought in teen volunteers who helped encourage the students and assist in running productions. McGuire has donated all created material, including her workshop binder, volunteer contact lists and flyers to the drama club so they will have easily accessible resources for years to come.
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 girlscoutsem.org/join.