Dothan senior earns Girl Scouts highest award

(Source: Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama)
(Source: Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama)(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 15, 2020 at 12:34 PM CDT
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Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the pinnacle of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and it's available exclusively to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (9-12 grade). Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) would like to recognize Dothan High School student Jasmine Ard for receiving the Gold Award.

Through the Gold Award, girls engage in a rigorous leadership process, as they tackle issues they're passionate about to create long-term, sustainable change. To earn the Gold Award, girls typically spend one to two years exploring the root cause of a local or global issue and partner with the community to create lasting solutions.

For Jasmine's project, she raised awareness about childhood cancer and collected items for care packages for Camp Smile-A-Mile campers. She did this by speaking at community engagements and holding forums to discuss the statistics about childhood cancer. She also crocheted hats to put in the care packages, as well as delivered the packages to Camp Smile-A-Mile personally.

“I saw that most people think childhood cancer is rare, and I wanted to change that. I am a survivor of childhood cancer, so this project was very personal to me,” says Gold Award Girl Scout Jasmine Ard.

Upon finishing her Gold Award project, Jasmine plans to take steps toward becoming a child life specialist.

“At GSSA we strive for every young woman to represent a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader),” says GSSA CEO Karlyn Edmonds. “Jasmine is a prime example of this acronym, and I can’t wait to watch her achieve great things."

Through Girl Scouting, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, and find solutions to social issues all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day. 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