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Emily Hermann, a resident of Clarkston, 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.
Hermann installed an Outdoor Musical Playground at Depot Park for her Gold Award Project. Her inspiration stemmed from a choir classmate with Down Syndrome who always had a positive emotional reaction to the music. Hermann researched the effects music has on individuals with special needs and decided to raise funds to install the playground. The Outdoor Musical Playground is a teaching tool to help kids with different learning abilities create and engage with music.
“Creating my Gold Award project has increased my patience and compassion.”
“I always strived for inclusivity, especially involving people who’ve felt unnoticed or ignored. However, because of my Gold Award journey, I want to have a career that will help give people a voice,” Hermann says.
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.”