Girl Scout Highest Awards

Hannah Lehsten: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Hannah Lehsten of West Seneca, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Lehsten’s project was titled “HighPointe Mural.”

Lehsten explained, “For my Gold Award project, I painted a hallway at a facility called HighPointe on Michigan. The area of the facility that I painted was the entrance, from the outside, to the pediatric center. I painted the walls the theme of a popular cartoon character. My project served the community of HighPointe, with the patients and the employees. This project will bring joy to all the staff and children that go in and out of that hallway every day. The issue that my project addressed was the issue of disabilities involving children. I created a happy and welcoming place in which the children feel comfortable in. The root cause of the problem is a social stigma surrounding children with disabilities being helpless. I addressed this by making the kids feel safe and happy.”

Lehsten 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.

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