Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee recognized more than 750 Girl Scouts and volunteers who have shown exceptional service and leadership to their community at its annual Honors Day program on April 28, including 41 Gold Award Girl Scouts, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.
The 41 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized this year completed service projects that address education, public safety, science, the arts, and many more issues.
A Gold Award project entails a minimum of 80 hours of community service, and typically takes one to two years to plan and complete a seven-step process. Gold Award projects produce sustainable, long-lasting solutions for problems in the community. The Gold Award is earned by approximately six percent of Girl Scouts annually, and more than one million Girl Scouts across the country have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.
“The Gold Award is a tremendous undertaking, requiring planning, persistence and a commitment to tackling the most important issues impacting our communities,” said Agenia Clark, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. “We are so proud to recognize the service and achievements of these Gold Award Girl Scouts and look forward to seeing all that they will accomplish in the future.”
Girl Scout and country music artist Tegan Marie performed at Girl Scouts Honors Day. In 2017, then 13-year-old Tegan became the youngest female to sign to a major country label, Warner Music Nashville, in 45 years, following her success on Gen Z girls’ media platform, Sweety High.
“It was a huge honor to join my fellow Girl Scouts to commemorate such a special occasion,” said Tegan, a member of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee’s Troop 4011. “Girl Scouting provides an incredibly welcoming and supportive environment for me to take risks and try new things, and hearing all of the stories at Honors Day was so inspiring.”
Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards were also presented at Honors Day to Girl Scouts and troops who have made a difference in their communities and across the globe. Each level of awards focuses on Take Action Projects that produce sustainable, long-lasting solutions for problems in a community.
Additionally, 204 Girl Scouts received the Stellar Seller Award at Honors Day for selling more than 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies or over $1,000 of magazines, nuts, and candy in the Fall Product Program.
Beth and Abby Vorhaus, mother and daughter and both longtime Girl Scouts from Brentwood, Tennessee, served as keynote speakers and challenged Girl Scouts, troop leaders, parents, and volunteers in attendance to channel the energy and inspiration from the day and continue to seek out ways to make sustainable change in their communities.