Girl Scout Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Dorothy “Katie” Kennedy, High Point, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Kennedy, daughter of John and Kelley Kennedy and a member of Troop 20448, focused on the homeless teen population in Guilford County for her project. She did a backpack fundraiser, collecting monetary funds from the community to fill backpacks with items such as first aid kits, ponchos, notebooks, socks, towels and shirts. She gave the filled backpacks to Family Services of the Piedmont to distribute to teens in need.   

By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Kennedy has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and this young woman exemplifies leadership in all its forms,” said Marcia Cole, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “She saw a need in her community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership, is making the world a better place."

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. After the minimum requirements are completed, the Gold Award project is the culmination of a girl's demonstration of self-discipline, leadership ability, time management, creativity, initiative and a significant mastery of skills. Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and implementing her project, which must benefit the community and have long lasting impact. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

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