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Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan honors Emilee Hrbcek with the most prestigious award in the world for girls: the Girl Scout Gold Award. Emilee, of Coswell, is among 19 young women who have taken the initiative to bettering their communities through sustainable community change projects. The time and commitment they’ve dedicated towards these projects prove they’re true leaders and exceptional examples for all girls to look up to.
The Gold Award is Girl Scout’s highest honor and is presented to Girl Scouts who address a community issue or problem they are passionate about. They’re required to spend a minimum of 80 hours investigating the problem, creating a plan, and implementing it.
For her Gold Award project, Emilee focused on bringing more awareness to Parkinson’s Disease, specifically young-onset. Seeing that this issue of a lack of knowledge and information often gets overlooked—and hit close to home—she successfully planned, directed, and hosted a 5K called the annual Parkinson Fighter Walk & 5K. She worked with several local businesses, the National Honor Society at Croswell-Lexington High School, and local troops to make the event a success. Emilee also had health booths that provided information and resources for everyone who came out. It resulted in a connection where community members now feel accepted, reassured, and have a better understanding around Parkinson’s Disease.
Emilee says that completing her Gold Award project helped her to grow as a person by helping others.
“I developed a stronger sense of self by gaining positive values, practical life skills, and healthy relationships. I discovered how much of my own positivity impacts someone on a day to day basis.”
Emilee is graduating from Croswell-Lexington High School. She is a member of Troop 70506, and will be attending Oakland University in the Fall of 2020, pursuing a degree in Exercise Science with a focus on Pre-Physical Therapy.