Northeast Mississippi, May 30, 2012 Three Girl Scouts from the Northeast
Mississippi region of the Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council have
received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor for a graduating Girl
Scout. Constance Lee Cleveland, Courtney Walden and Jessica Savage each
received the Gold Award after completing community service projects
throughout their senior year of high school.
Constance Lee Cleveland loves animals, and wanted to use her Gold Award
project, Pet Connect, to help more animals get adopted from her local
shelter. She did this by improving access to the shelter, working with the
Mayor of Booneville, MS, to maintain a page on the city¹s website that lists
available animal adoptions. Cleveland graduated from Booneville High School
this year and plans to attend Northeast Mississippi Community College on a
full scholarship in the fall.
Courtney Walden took to a cause extremely close to any Girl Scout¹s heart:
getting more girls involved with the Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
Inspired by everything she had learned from her time with the Girl Scouts,
she organized an event, Girl Scout Kick-Off, to help educate and recruit
more girls in her area. In addition to her Gold Award, Walden also received
a $1,000 competitive scholarship. Walden graduated from Booneville High
School and plans to attend Northeast Mississippi Community College in the
Jessica Savage came up with her project, Operation Play Ground, after her
church completed a major renovation that took away the children¹s
playground. Noticing that kids were resorting to playing in the nearby
parking lot, she worked with her youth minister and the church Elders to
help organize the building of a new play area. Savage will be attending
Mississippi State University in the fall, majoring in Pre-Med.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout between the
ages of 14 and 19 can earn, and commemorates each girl¹s commitment to her
community. The Gold Award Scholarship provides financial assistance to help
facilitate the continuation of academic growth for Girl Scout Gold Award
recipients, and is awarded based on achievement in Girl Scouting, academics,
leadership and extracurricular activities. Gold Awards are awarded annually
in the spring to Girl Scouts who choose to work toward and accomplish this
milestone, and set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.
About Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make
the world a better place. Girl Scouts Heart of the South encompasses 59
counties in east Arkansas, north Mississippi and west Tennessee. The
combined membership is approximately 11,500 girls. The headquarters are
located in Memphis, Tennessee, at 717 S. White Station Road. To find out
more, visit them online at www.girlscoutshs.org.