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Liberty grad earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Madison Stumpf

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Madison Stumpf, a graduate of Wentzville Liberty High School, has recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award demonstrating extraordinary leadership through a remarkable community service project.

The Gold Award is a shining example of what a girl can achieve as these recipients have stepped up to generate long-lasting solutions for real-world challenges at local, national and global levels. Open only to girls in high school, these young leaders are taking matters into their own hands and making a difference the worlds of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), education and legislation. Gold Award Girl Scouts like Stumpf are creating a brighter future for us all! Stumpf was recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this past June.

In Missouri, one in 71 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2014 according to a report. Those with ASD, process senses differently and can find every day simulation overwhelming. Sensory activities allow children with Autism to experiment with different senses on their own terms which leading to better performance and attention. After doing extensive research on Autism, Stumpf decided she wanted to make a positive impact in the Autism Department at Neuwoehner High School.

To earn the Gold Award, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getterInnovatorRisk-takerLeader)TM constructed seven sensory boards so Neuwoehner High School now has the resources to meet the needs of their students. Stumpf also produced and uploaded a video to YouTube about Autism and the importance of sensory boards. Stumpf’s philanthropic legacy will be continued as Neuwoehner High School has committed to ensuring the longevity of the boards.

For more than 100 years, eastern Missouri Gold Award Girl Scouts have funded and led projects that have left an enduring impact on individuals, organizations, neighborhoods and schools. Earning the Gold Award represents the culmination of at least 80 hours of work spanning months, sometimes years. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are:

  • Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
  • Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
  • Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit girlscoutsem.org/join.

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