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Twenty Three Earned Gold, 186 Captured Silver

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 2, 2017) – On Saturday, April 29, the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council recognized a total of 209 Girl Scouts who demonstrate courage, confidence and character while making the world a better place.

During its annual awards program, numerous volunteers also were recognized for exceptional service to girls’ leadership experiences. However, it was the 23 Gold Award recipients who stole the show with community projects that demonstrate a creative, impactful and sustainable outcome.

The Gold Award dates back to 1916, then known as the Golden Eaglet. It is a rigorous award process open only to high school students that requires a Girl Scout to create a long-term solution to a community problem. A seven-step project, sustainable results and a panel review are mandatory to earn one’s Gold Award.

“The Gold Award inspires girls to find greatness inside and share their ideas and passions with their communities,” said Angela Woods, CEO of the Hornets’ Nest Council. “This century-old tradition showcases the best and brightest leaders. When looking at these girls and their vision, we are inspired by what the future holds.”

The twenty-three award recipients accrued more than 4,600 hours completing a variety of sustainable projects. Two examples of Gold Award projects include:

  • Mallory Adamson is a Gold Award recipient for creating “Heartbeat Vietnam”, an awareness campaign to educate the community about children in Vietnam with congenital heart defects (CHD). Adamson created a school club and planned a dance to raise awareness of CHD. The dance raised $4,000 to provide life-saving heart surgeries for four children in Vietnam.
  • In Cabarrus County, Lizzie Kunesh addressed the need for historic preservation of theatres and support of the arts. “Project Facelift” was designed to revitalize and gain public support for community theaters by completing much-needed repairs and renovations at the local Old Courthouse Theatre. In part due to Project Facelift, Old Courthouse Theatre earned a Cannon Foundation grant for $225,000 which will be used to further improve the facilities.

In addition, 186 Girl Scouts from all eight North Carolina and South Carolina counties including Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York were awarded the Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

Here is a complete list of Gold and Silver Award recipients. 

For more information on the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council, please visit their website.


About Girl Scouts:
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 2.3 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and build courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council serves 17,000 girls and adults in eight North Carolina and South Carolina counties including Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @GSHNC , Instagram and Pinterest.