Local Girl Earns The Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Lexi Scrivner from Bluford has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Inspired by her desire to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, Lexi planned and hosted “Bless Your Heart” – a free heart health event for her community to earn this prestigious award.
“I find it important to educate about the heart in a fun and exciting way,” she explained. “Knowing that one in four deaths is a result of heart disease makes this all the more critical. Small change can make an enormous impact.”
To raise awareness about heart health, Lexi planned and hosted a heart health event at Veterans Park in Mt. Vernon that included fun activities such as a dancercise sessions, games, heart healthy food tasting, recipe sharing and children’s learning sessions, as well as free medical screenings such as BMI Index, blood glucose, and blood pressure. She also held a blood drive on site to help the American Red Cross. Area health care professionals were on hand to teach participants about good nutrition, exercise, and other healthy habits. To help encourage participants to continue to exercise, she choreographed several dancercise videos which she published on YouTube and Facebook. She also created and donated an art piece for a local hospital to commemorate the event and everyone who participated.
Lexi was pleased with the impact her project made on the community, sharing that “Over twenty pints of blood were collected from my event. Since every pint can save three lives, my event immediately saved more than sixty lives. My project could also potentially save the lives of community members because they now know how to diminish the risk of contracting heart disease.”
She also felt she experienced personal growth from completing her Girl Scout Gold Award project, stating “being able to host such an all-encompassing event that had so many puzzle pieces to it that had to align just right has taught me what it means to be in charge and how to handle situations that arise.
Lexi is the daughter of Sheila and the late Larry Scrivner. She is a senior at Webber Township High School and plans to attend medical school at St. Louis University or University of Missouri-Kansas City to pursue her dream of being a cardiothoracic surgeon.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout’s commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about five percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 11,300 girls and engaging 4,550 adult volunteers in 40 ½ counties in Southern Illinois. GSSI Mission: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts organization is the world’s largest leadership development organization for girls. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – such as strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts; they also explore math and science and learn about diversity, good citizenship, leadership and teamwork. Girl Scouting is the place where girls experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways throughout the region. Girl Scouts is a Proud Partner of United Way.