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.
Jennifer Delzeit, a 2013 Graduate of Dodge City High School, focused her Gold Award project on addressing safety and obesity in the public. It involved creating large walking trail signs that included safety regulations and mileage for local walking trails. Jennifer shared, “Personally, this has taught me that if you’re doing something impactful and you let others know about it, the community will respond in a positive way and help you out.” Jennifer worked to organize a bake sale to raise funds for the signs and held a public naming contest gaining public interaction.
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.
Jennifer is not only a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient but a member of the National Honors Society and a youth group leader. She has plans to attend Kansas State University after high school and aspires towards a career as an orthopedic surgeon.
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.”