More than one hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered at the Fort Collins Marriott on April 17, 2016 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.
Two Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Brittany Jaros from Boulder, Holy Family High School, developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Emily Mohlis from Elizabeth, Elizabeth High School and a current freshman at University of Colorado in Greeley, organized the music, school-owned instruments, and accessories scattered throughout the band room and director’s office at her school. Both described their projects and how earning the Gold Award has impacted their lives.
Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 who earn the Gold Award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4-5 can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented their awards.
Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO and President Stephanie Foote said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.
“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.
Jessica Hild served as the celebration’s emcee. She earned her Gold Award in February 2015 for a project to renovate the chapel at Camp Alexander, a Boy Scout camp in Colorado. In addition to inspiring girls in the audience with her Gold Award story and how it continues to have a positive impact on her life, she also challenged girls to not let this be the end of their work to make a difference in their communities and around the world.
“Will you also be sustainable? Will you continue to reach for leadership and influence? Will you continue on to be the brains behind another project?” she asked.
This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to honor this year’s Highest Awards recipients at ceremonies around the state. These events include:
- April 22nd at 6 p.m. at Center for American Values, 101 S. Main St. #100, Pueblo
- April 24th at 2 p.m. Mountain View Methodist, 355 Ponca Pl., Boulder
- April 24th at 2 p.m. Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction
- May 1st at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
- May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs