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Two Goddard Girl Scouts take action, earn Gold Award

Grace Eilert - Jenae Maley - Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland congratulates Jenae Maley and Grace Eilert for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn! To earn this achievement in Girl Scouting, Maley and Eilert demonstrated extraordinary leadership by completing sustainable and measureable Take Action projects.

Maley, a senior at Eisenhower High School in Goddard, started a pen-pal project called “Senior to Senior: Writing the Generation Gap” to connect high school seniors with senior citizens. Through this project, Eisenhower High School students have corresponded over the past year with senior citizens at Avita Senior Living Center in Wichita. Maley developed surveys to match “senior to senior” and hosted a pen-pal party for the seniors to meet each other. Maley said she wanted to “change the perceptions each group has about the stereotypical teenager or senior citizen.” The project inspired Koinonia Senior Care to establish an annual scholarship for high school students!

“My goal in this project is to establish better communication between these two age groups and help them form relationships through the lost art of writing letters,” Maley said. “It is very rewarding to see the excitement in students at my school as they receive their letters and the anticipation of the residents at Avita as they await their reply. They really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with a group of people they don’t normally interact with.”

Eilert, a senior at Goddard High School, took action by organizing and cleaning the instrumental music trophy case at Goddard High School. She catalogued awards from decades past that were being stored in drawers and other areas at the school, and she even installed a digital photo display. Eilert enlisted the support of the Goddard Instrumental Music Booster Club to budget for storage and determine which trophies to display. The booster club has since added a historian position to manage the trophy case in the future. The trophy case is something Goddard High School students, staff members and the community can be proud of!

"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and the young women who earn this award exemplify leadership in all its forms," said Liz Workman, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. "They saw a need in their communities and around the world and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership are making the world a better place."