Hannah Richard, a resident of Troy, is among 25 Girl…
Sydney Ziegler, a resident of New Boston, is among 25 Girl Scouts honored by Girls 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 Ziegler’s project, she built a press box for Huron High School’s softball program so that it would be eligible to host district competitions. Zeigler wanted a press box that would be available for use during the school season for her school’s team, but also benefit the community. Zeigler worked with the Sportsmans Club and Huron Rotary Club to secure donations and labor to build and paint the press box. The field is now complete and will benefit the community, including high school, middle school, little league, travel teams and anyone who wishes to participate in the clinics or tournaments held there.
“Through my Gold Award project, I learned how to show leadership to get something done.”
“The Press Box will benefit so many athletes and visitors and I really enjoyed completing my project while being able to and help others,” said Ziegler.
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.”