Gold Award Recipients Show Passion through Service Projects across Kansas Council
(Wichita, KS) – The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn, and 11 Girl Scouts across the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland council recently accomplished this coveted honor over the 2012-2013 season.
Brooke Lockhart, a 2013 Graduate of Goodland High School, focused her Gold Award project on increasing tourism off of I-70 into the heart of her hometown. Brooke shared, “My goal was to spark an interest in visitors to explore my community and their own.” Brooke worked to organize and personalize a tour of local points of interest including historical and cultural. The tour is available online for mobile devices as well as an electronic kiosk located on site of the giant Van Gogh painting, a Goodland treasure.
Brooke collaborated with city clubs and organizations as well as Karen Anderson, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the City of Goodland to insure the success of her project. Karen said, “Brooke’s tenacity and leadership on this project have been refreshing.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award takes most Girl Scouts nearly two years to complete, but is well worth the effort. Gold Award recipients are eligible for special scholarships and are even automatically advanced one rank in any branch of the U.S. military.
2012-2013 Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Gold Award Recipients
Caitlin Hook, Topeka
Jaclyn Sheets, Belleville
Abbey Anderson, Belleville
Jayden Jackson, Belleville
Kelby Johnson, Belleville
Alice Tunks-Jones, Emporia
Jennifer Delzeit, Dodge City
Allison Hohmann, Hays
Brooke Lockhart, Goodland
Kala Pinkham, Derby
Diana Stanley, Goddard
“This national award represents girls’ time, leadership, creativity, and efforts in making her community a better place and is only earned by one percent of all Girl Scouts,” said Marlo Dolezal, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Acting CEO. “The projects they select solve community issues and improve lives, creating assets for the community and the future. We honor them for their journey of changing the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways.”
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland serves nearly 16,500 girls and adults in 80 Kansas counties through its operational headquarters in Wichita, Kan., and regional offices. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.