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Cassie Moreau, a resident of Lake Orion, was 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 Moreau’s Gold Award project, she focused on educating children about STEM involved in aviation. Working with the Yankee Airforce Museum in Ypsilanti, Moreau established “STEM and Four Forces of Flight,” a separate, hands-on exhibit for children to become more familiar with STEM. Because of Moreau’s efforts, the museum pledged to continue running “STEM and Four Forces of Flight” long after she graduates from Lake Orion High.
“Completing my Gold Award helped me gain leadership skills, strong work ethic, and more knowledge about aviation.”
“It feels great to see my efforts come together and help the community, especially young girls, learn about STEM in fun ways,” Moreau said.
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.”