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Ann Stone, a resident of Novi, is among 25 Girl Scouts honored by Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan with the Gold Award. Gold Award Girl Scouts are change agents who show leadership and citizenship skills that help them stand out among their peers by making a sustainable impact in their communities.
The Gold Award is Girl Scouts’ highest honor and is presented to Girl Scouts who dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to addressing a community issue or problem through a sustainable community change project.
For Stone’s Gold Award project, she researched how increased electronic gaming affects today’s younger generations and found it prevents them from spending healthy amounts of time outdoors. To combat this issue, Stone worked with the City of Novi’s Chief Information Officer, Rob Petty, to encourage kids to explore the amazing local parks. She strategically placed QR code stations in seven local parks with links to fun facts about Novi. If a participant scanned a code and recorded the encrypted information on the Fact Sheet, they earned the Novi City Explorer prize – a colorful frisbee. The project resulted in a program the city of Novi can use to encourage residents to enjoy outdoors.
“Completing my Gold Award project made me realize the importance of solving problems with whatever resources you have available, even if the best you can do isn’t what you had planned.”
“I learned that if I want to accomplish my goals, I need to put in the time and effort,” said Stone.
According to a study on the impact of the Gold Award, by the Girl Scout Research Institute, Gold Award Girl Scouts display more positive life outcomes than non–Girl Scout alums including having a positive sense of self and greater life satisfaction, leadership, community service, and civic engagement. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievement.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Denise Dalrymple, chief executive officer of GSSEM. “They saw a need in their communities and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership are making the world a better place.”