Rolla Girl Scout, Naomi Fernandes, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Rolla Girl Scout, Naomi Fernandes, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, each girl must complete extensive leadership requirements, including thirty hours in a leadership role and forty hours of career exploration. Girls must also complete at least sixty-five hours of research, preparation, service, and evaluation for a project that serves a need in their community, locally or globally.

Fernandes is the daughter of Tracy Primich and Dave Fernandes. For her Gold Award project Fernandes addressed two community issues: the abundance of plastic bags and pet waste. Fernandes built waterproof boxes at a local walking trail where the community can recycle plastic bags to be reused by pet owners who walk their dogs along the trail.

“We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our Girl Scouts who have earned Girl Scouts Highest Award. These extraordinary Girl Scouts have set their sights high and have earned the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting,” said Chief Executive officer Anne Soots. “These young women are an inspiration to us all. They demonstrate leadership and dedication to making the world a better place.”

Annually, fewer than 5 percent of all Girl Scouts nationwide earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. Eighteen girls from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland earned the Girl Scout Gold award this year, and were honored at a Young Women of Distinction Ceremony in Springfield, Mo on June 3, 2017.

About the Girl Scout Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn, often described as “what you really want to be remembered for” in Girl Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from “going for the Gold” set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.