In honor of the Girl Scout Gold Award Centennial, each week we are spotlighting the bright young ladies that earned the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting!
What is the Gold Award? Each year, we recognize girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable projects, marking them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. This year it’s extra special because it’s the 100th anniversary of this high award.
Today, we are highlighting a few of our amazing Gold Award honorees whose projects focused on the great outdoors and animals. These young ladies gained real world experience while conducting their projects that will set them up for future success!
Claire Duvall, Ocala
For her project, Reflections, Claire wanted to help grieving families of deceased children by building arbors/archways throughout Memories of Missing Smiles (MOMS) Park. This park holds a special place in her heart having known several family friends who have passed away whose parents are actively involved with the park. Through her beautification project, Claire wanted to bring attention to the park’s purpose. Claire is a senior at Forest High School and plans to attend Ole Miss. She hopes to one day become a pediatrician.
Ashley Powers, Riverview
For her project, Preserving Nature, Ashley wanted make an impact in her local community by coordinating a clean-up and revitalization program at Boyette Springs Elementary Nature Preserve. As a former student of the school, Ashley worked with faculty to advocate for the program and provided tours of the nature preserve. She filmed a video about the nature preserve that the school has used on their website and social media and partnered with the school’s Science Club to keep this an annual clean-up event. Ashley is currently a junior at Riverview High School and plans to study English education in college.
Breanna McDermott, Largo
Inspired by her work a local animal hospital and the SPCA, Breanna set out to educate the general public on the true cost of pet ownership with her project C.A.R.E – Companion Animals Require Education. All too often animals are abandoned due to financial distress of their owners. Breanna developed educational materials, recorded a PSA and made presentations to start a conversation in order for potential pet owners to make informed decisions before committing to a new pet. Breanna is a graduate of Osceola High School and currently attends Stetson University. She aspires to have a career as a veterinarian.
Kimberly Fulton, Lithia
Kimberly wanted to raise awareness about the mission of the Southeastern Guide Dogs organization with her project, Pages for Pups. This organization provides guide dogs to visually impaired people. For her project, Kimberly volunteered to raise a guide dog named Mattison. She wrote and published a book on this experience to explain what is like to raise a guide dog, how Southeastern Guide Dogs benefits the community, and provided information how others can become involved too. She also created a Facebook page dedicated to Mattison’s journey and connecting with other guide dog families. Kimberly is junior at Tampa Preparatory School.
Want to learn more about the Girl Scout Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards? Click here to find out how you can make a difference in your community by earning one of these prestigious awards!