Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Ananya Ramesh, Greensboro, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Ramesh, daughter of Satyamurthy and Jyo Ramesh and a member of Girl Scout Troop 40836, organized a volunteer team to visit with residents at Camden Health and Rehabilitation Center. With the help of her team, she organized game days, movie nights and special holiday events and celebrations so the residents would have something to look forward to, as well as know they would have regular visitors coming to see them. Ramesh says her Gold Award project grew out of love for her grandparents, who live in India and who she only gets to see once every couple of years. She hopes to continue to bridge the gap between generations with her ongoing volunteer program.
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. Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and carrying out her project, which must benefit the community and have long lasting impact.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement. It is the culmination of so many things- from a girl’s self-discipline and leadership abilities to time management and the creativity, initiative and mastery of skills it takes to complete these kind of projects,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “Every girl who earns this prestigious award is making a difference not only in her community, but her own life as well. The skills gained through the Gold Award process are ones that will be used often in her future endeavors.”
Started in 1916 as the Golden Eaglet, thousands of Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award each year. Earning the Gold Award opens doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities—as well.