Special to Iredell Free News

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Union Grove resident Sydney Hart has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn.

Sydney Hart

Hart, a member of Girl Scout Troop 10332, partnered with the Union Grove Elementary School principal, staff and students to build workbenches and procure supplies to revitalize a recently built greenhouse on the school property. Hart also implemented age-specific curriculums to instill hands- on learning for students to learn more about growing plants for food and other important uses.

Girls in high school are able to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award by creating sustainable change on a community or world issue.

Gold Award Girl Scouts address the root cause of a problem, plan and implement innovative solutions to drive change and lead a team of people to success. 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.

As they take action to transform their world, Gold Award Girl Scouts gain tangible skills and prove they are the leaders our community and world need. Gold Award Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont have created community gardens, addressed issues in foster care, combated bullying in schools and so much more.

“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 Jennifer Wilcox, CEO for 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- strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving- are ones that will be used often in her future endeavors.”

Thousands of Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award each year, which first began in 1916 as the Golden Eaglet. Earning the Gold Award opens doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college and amazing career opportunities.


Do you have a girl who wants to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award too? Find out more information about Girl Scouting in your local area at www.girlscoutsp2p.org.

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