Girl Scouts Names Outstanding Graduating Scholar

April 20, 2018

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that two excelling Girl Scouts Kaitlyn Barnett and Lydia Fulton have been selected as its 2018 Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarship winners.  The girls were recognized April 7 at GSSI’s annual All That Glitters Ceremony held at the Double Tree in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

GSSI’s Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarship is awarded to the Girl Scouts who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in the Girl Scout movement, in school and in their community.  Outstanding Graduating Girl Scouts Scholarships are funded from proceeds from the annual Brownie Haunted Camp, which is planned, organized and conducted by older Girl Scouts.   The Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarships show how girls work together to make the world a better place.  The two girls that have been awarded this Scholarship for 2018 have gone above and beyond in all areas of Girl Scouting, their communities, schools, and extracurricular activities.  They are true leaders that give endlessly of their time and talents.

Kaitlyn Barnett is a Girl Scout Ambassador who has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.  She has earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards making her a Trifecta recipient. She has also received her Counselor-In-Training, Volunteer-In-Training, Service to Girl Scouts, and Community Service Awards. Kaitlyn is currently a senior at Triad High School in Troy and plans on attending Southeast Missouri State University where she would like to complete a double major in Historical Preservation and Biology, with a focus in Environmental and Ecological studies. Her dream job would be working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service. “Even though, all these awards are something to be proud of, it is not the pin that I am proud to earn. It is the skills and the empowerment from others in the Girl Scout community, that makes me feel proud to be a Girl Scout,” said Kaitlyn.

Lydia Fulton is a Girl Scout Ambassador who has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.  During her Girl Scout career she earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, making her a Trifecta recipient. She also served on the GSSI Board of Directors as an Ex-Officio member for two years and as a mentor for one. Lydia plans to pursue a biology major with a focus on cognitive science. Her long term plan is to become a physician. “Because of my experiences as a Girl Scout, I feel well-equipped to face my future. I want to do great things, and Girl Scouts has given me the tools to do just that,” said Lydia.