Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00
Girl Scouts of Nassau County recognize Karishma Shah, a senior at Syosset High School, who earned the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scout Movement. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.
“It is such an accomplishment to be a recipient of the Gold Award,” said Donna Ceravolo Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts throughout the nation earn this award nationally.” The Gold Award recognizes the Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts for excellence and leadership and must be completed during or before her senior year in high school. For most girls receiving the Gold Award, it is the pinnacle of achievement and recognition.
Karishma’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Paper, focused on raising awareness about reducing, reusing and recycling paper, thereby minimizing waste. To address the issue at hand, Karishma created a workshop, pamphlet and an educational essay about recycling.
A lifelong value comes with having earned a Gold Award. Recipients of the Gold Award who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank for their achievements. Most universities and colleges offer scholarships or other recognition to Gold award recipients and yearly. Notable Gold Award recipients include Jan Hopkins, CNN financial news anchor, and Betsy Boze, Senior Fellow at American Association of State Colleges and Universities and President at Kent State University Stark.