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Girls ‘Go for Gold’ earning highest award in Girl Scouting

7/4/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

The keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio’s Gold Award ceremony was Girl Scout alumna and Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer.
Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) recognized 58 Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award at a ceremony June 15 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

The keynote speaker for the event was Girl Scout alumna and Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer.

“Although the Gold Award is the highest, most prestigious recognition a girl may earn in Girl Scouts, we know it is just the beginning of the amazing things these young ladies will accomplish in their lives,” said Jane Christyson, CEO for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. “Their projects have a lasting impact locally, nationally and globally in environmental awareness, special needs populations, healthy living, community improvements and more.”

Since 1916, the Gold Award has challenged girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need. The plan, called a Gold Award proposal, is submitted for approval by a committee of volunteers. Only about 5 percent of eligible girls take the path toward earning this award, according to GSNEO officials.

The Gold Award is earned individually and is independent of other awards. Girls must be in grades nine through 12 to be eligible. All projects are approved by a volunteer Gold Award Review Committee. This is a national award with national standards, according to GSNEO officials.

An increasing number of colleges and universities have recognized the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by establishing scholarship programs for them, according to GSNEO officials. Girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award often enter the four branches of the U.S. Armed Services at an advanced level and salary, having been recognized for their level of leadership shown in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, according to GSNEO officials.

The following GSNEO Girl Scouts received the award:

  • South Region: Dana Cressman, of North Canton; Robyn King, of Hartville; Allison Reed, of North Canton; Janice Richards, of Clinton; and Sarah Schlosser, of Uniontown; and
  • Central Region: Kirsten Glas, of Norton; and Kristen Osborne, of Norton.
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