Burke: Area Girl Scouts Earn Highest Award

Burke: Area Girl Scouts Earn Highest Award

Maureen Sawyer of Burke is one of 11 Girl Scouts awarded a Gold Award Scholarship of $2,000 by the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital for her project titled Bridging the Gap: Increasing Awareness of Educational Poverty.

Maureen led an extensive locker cleanout to collect school supplies for children in Haiti.

Helena Doms of McLean was recognized as a Young Woman of Distinction and was awarded a $3,000 scholarship for her project Street Smart Safety, focusing on ending violence against girls through self-defense and danger avoidance workshops.

Other Girl Scouts from our area who received Gold Award Scholarship include:

  • Maggie Weaver of Oak Hill (Fun is Free - helping children at the Katherine K. Hanley Shelter by running a kids day camp. She also created bags filled with books and toys for HealthWorks Free Clinic.)

  • Michelle Ma of Falls Church for The Speak Up Initiative (Michelle created an initiative to bring public speaking education to middle schools in Falls Church, Virginia and Washington, D.C.)

  • Alison Luckett of Vienna (Native Plants Needed Now -- Alison led a team of students to plant a native species garden at the entrance of Vienna Elementary School to inspire them to be better stewards of the planet.)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Award. Since 1916, Girl Scouts have gained proficiency in skills and taken action to serve their community. This year, 163 Gold Award Girl Scouts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia have left a legacy in their communities.

Girl Scouts provides girls in grades K-12 with opportunities to learn new skills, make friends, and discover the power of girls together. To join, volunteer or donate, visit www.gscnc.org.