Girl Scouts of North East Ohio recognized 62 Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award at a ceremony on June 14 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.
''Although the Gold Award is the highest, most prestigious recognition a girl may earn in Girl Scouts, we know it is just the beginning of the amazing things these young ladies will accomplish in their lives,'' said Jane Christyson, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. ''Their projects have a lasting impact locally, nationally, and globally in environmental awareness, special needs populations, healthy living, community improvements and more.''
Since 1916, the Gold Award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. The Gold Award project challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need.
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Jane Christyson, CEO of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, poses with Kristyn Wolf, the Gold Award recipient from BHS, and Brenda Heidinger, board chair for Girl Scouts. Wolf was among the 62 Ohio Girl Scouts who earned their Gold Award this month.
The plan, called a Gold Award proposal, is submitted to council for approval by a committee of volunteers. Only about five percent of eligible girls take the rigorous path toward earning this prestigious award, but those who complete the journey change the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways.
An increasing number of colleges and universities have recognized the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by establishing scholarship programs for them. Girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award often enter the four branches of the United States Armed Forces at an advanced level and salary, having been recognized for their level of leadership shown in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Among this year's award recipients was Kristyn Wolf, a graduate of Boardman High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and has earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. In addition to Girl Scouting, Kristyn is an active member of National Honor Society, Parent Teacher Student Association, Key Club, Big Spartan / Little Spartan, and Link Crew. She is the president of the library's Teen Advisory Board as well as a cantor and CCD teacher for St. Christine Church.
For her Gold Award project, Kristyn organized a team of readers to produce material for Youngstown's Radio Reading Service, a radio station which broadcasts written material for the blind. There are over three million visually impaired Ohioans, and these citizens find it difficult to stay informed of daily news, events and consumer information.
The recordings produced by Kristyn and her team helped fulfill the need to inform these people and will be broadcasted for years to come. Furthermore, she constructed and distributed an informational pamphlet about the Radio Reading Service to all 15 branches of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The pamphlet will serve to inform the community about the Radio Reading Service and encourage citizens to volunteer their time and talents.
Kristyn will attend Youngstown State University in the fall as a university scholar. Per the Girl Scout Promise, Kristyn will ''make the world a better place'' as she earns her doctorate to become a forensic psychologist for the government.