Annabella Bogart: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Annabella Bogart of Amherst, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Bogart’s project was titled “Character Counts: Art Initiative!”

Bogart explained, “I worked at Roy B. Kelley Elementary School in Lockport to help instill positive messages and character in the students there. I chose my project because I enjoy working with children and I wanted to use my creativity and talents to help improve their lives. My project is designed to help children learn about morals and character in a fun way that they would hopefully retain as they continue their education. In this project, I painted two murals in the boys’ and girls’ bathrooms that featured a myriad of positive quotes and encouraging messages. I also collected hundreds of quotes for my ‘Quotes of the Day’ compilation, and I created 40 individual videos featuring positive quotes and fun facts to be included in the daily announcements at the school. My project impacted my community as the murals I painted, videos I created, and quotes I compiled will continue to inspire generations of students at the school to be kinder to each other and the world.”

Bogart added, “My time in Girl Scouts has helped me develop into a stronger individual and a more independent woman. The skills I’ve learned throughout the years have not only helped me handle the present, but also have assisted me in preparing for my future.”

Bogart will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

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