Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Katie Whittington, Greensboro, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Whittington, daughter of Eric and Rheta Whittington and a member of Girl Scout Troop 40836, centered her Gold Award project on science, the careers it provides and how children can get involved at any age. She designed presentations about astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, medicine, physics and STEM and presented them to local afterschool organizations and elementary schools. She incorporated experiments and games into the presentations, and the kids loved it. She also put together a book with her presentations, as well as interviews with scientific experts, that can be used by organizations in the future.
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 Gayle Rose, chief operating 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 as skills that set girls up for success, like strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving and time management.