Ten Girls Scouts from the Dunwoody area have earned the Gold Award this year, the highest award that can be achieved in the organization. Each week The Crier will feature two Scouts and the projects they completed to earn their award.
All of the girls have demonstrated their courage, confidence and character by earning the Gold Award. They were presented their awards by Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta at a ceremony held at the Fox Theater’s Egyptian Ballroom on Sunday, March 10.
To earn this award, each girl completed components that helped her build skills in leadership, communication, time management, presentation, delegation, interpersonal relationships, responsibility and commitment. She then combined these skills to design, plan, implement and evaluate a service project of 80-plus hours that made a significant difference in her community. All projects had to be sustainable and have an educational component to them. The entire process can take two to four years to complete.
Among the recipients, Emily Eanes from Troop 23451 attends St. Pius X High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and Honor Council. She has earned the President’s Volunteer Service award for service to her community and in her Girl Scout troop, has acted as treasurer.
Eanes raised awareness about childhood cancer and provided comfort to children with the disease by giving them hand-knitted hats with her project, “Hats of Hope.” Through her project, more than 190 hats were made and donated.
She has also previously earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and will graduate from high school in 2014.
Meagan Huff from Troop 21433 is a senior at St. Pius X High School and has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, earning her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards before. Huff participated in football and basketball cheerleading at her school, is a member of student council, National Honor Society, and Lion Leader, a peer mentoring program.
Her project addressed the need for school supplies for underprivileged children in her community. Although many charities have school supply drives in August, there are very few, if any, in January. Meagan’s project helped these kids by having a school supply drive thoughout the fall and distributing them to students in early January. She held the supply drive twice: once in the fall of 2011 and again in 2012. Meagan counted, sorted, and organized donations for students at Huntley Hills Elementary to help them be successful in school.