Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Kathryn Thomas, Hendersonville, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Thomas, daughter of David and Ann Thomas and a member of Girl Scout Troop 30437, created a Global Lens Club at Hendersonville High School after being disappointed by the missed opportunities students in her community had to learn about world issues and how they can be activists for change. Since the club began, the students have been busy with several projects including building a Little Free Library for a local apartment community, clearing trails in Pisgah National Forest, organizing a food drive and packing meals. Thomas was a delegate for GSCP2P at the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2018 and saw firsthand the issues faced around the world.
By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Thomas has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and this young woman exemplifies leadership in all its forms,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “She saw a need in her community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership is making the world a better place.”
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. After the minimum requirements are completed, the Gold Award project is the culmination of a girl’s demonstration of self-discipline, leadership ability, time management, creativity, initiative and a significant mastery of skills. Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and implementing her project, which must benefit the community and have long lasting impact. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
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.