According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.
Alexandra Sepulveda, a sophomore at Dulles High School – Math and Science Academy, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
To earn the award, Sepulveda created a reading area for each of the kindergarten classrooms at Palmer Elementary School in Fort Bend ISD. She also collected donations of rugs, pillows, cushions, books and shelves used to decorate and stock the areas. Sepulveda, who worked with 20 volunteers on this project, put together the reading areas in four classrooms over the course of two days, including mounting posters and inspirational quotes on the walls.
“I always loved reading as a kid; I would read at least two books a week in elementary school,” said Sepulveda. “I wanted other kids to be able to do that too.”
After graduating from high school in spring 2019, Sepulveda will attend college and continue to volunteer.
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.girlscouts.org.