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Girl scouts go for the gold

By: Jessica Meszaros


Wyble

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri announced that multiple local students were recent recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Sarah Wyble, Jillian Rodgers and Alyssa Miller were recognized along with other Gold Award Girl Scouts at a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles.

Wyble, a graduate of Fort Zumwalt East High, earned the award through her work with Parents as Teachers, an organization that provides outreach to children and families in eastern Missouri. Wyble noticed that, for some parents, finding resources and educational materials remained a challenge and decided to assemble bagged lesson plans and activities designed for children in infancy and all the way through kindergarten. Upon completion, Wyble filled seven plastic tubs with bagged games and resources and donated them to Our Lady’s Inn and the Sparrow’s Nest, two local area care centers. These bags are designed to be reused so will be available for learning and enjoyment for years to come.

Rodgers

Rodgers, a student at St. Charles West High, also recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award by organizing a money-earning activity to host her Fresh Cut, Fresh Start event. The event, which took place at the Current Trends Academy, offered participants a free haircut and style and makeup application tutorial. The program’s goal was to assist peers struggling with self-esteem and depression. At the end of Fresh Cut, Fresh Start, Rodgers gave each girl a bag which included beauty and hair products plus a booklet featuring self-care tips. The activity benefitted over 60 girls.

Miller

Miller, a student at Francis Howell High, earned the award for spearheading and organizing the Viking Band Student Board, a student-run organization where Miller completed tasks like constructing new shelves in the instrument closets, removing rust from music stands and cleaning out the pit room. Miller also created an election system for the 150-member band’s student board.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious distinction offered to participating members. For many scouts, earning the Gold Award represents the culmination of at least 80 hours of work spanning months or years.

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