Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jordan Larusso from Edwardsville Earns the Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Jordan Larusso from Edwardsville has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Jordan held a week-long Vacation Bible School for middle school students with First Baptist Church of Edwardsville. To make the week a success, Jordan coordinated faith-based learning sessions and discussions, planned fun activities and arranged community service projects with the Edwardsville Humane Society and Watershed Nature Center. She publicized the event by putting up flyers, promoting through Facebook and Joy FM radio station. Her efforts not only drew new middle school students to her church, but also increased membership its youth group.

“Through my Girl Scout Gold Award project, my leadership skills will continue to improve because I have grown a lot from taking on this project,” said Jordan.

Jordan is the daughter of Neal and Cheryl Lorusso of Edwardsville. She is currently a senior at Triad High School and has been a Girl Scout for 7 years. After graduation, she plans to attend Southwestern Illinois College for culinary and dietician studies.

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 6 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.