Erica Dennis, a resident of Flushing, is among 25 Girl…
Hope Fabian, a resident of Davison, is among 25 Girl Scouts honored by Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan with a 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 her Gold Award project, Fabian created and monitored an online geology museum that highlights 50 geologic features in Michigan through an interactive map. The map covers a variety of Michigan, from Isle Royle on Lake Superior to the Detroit River. Fabian’s ultimate goal is to include all geological features throughout the United States.
“I loved learning more about my home state by studying its geological features,” the future Lake Superior State University student says.
“My Gold Award helped me develop the confidence and determination to pursue a major and career in Geo-Physics.”
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.”