Chapel Hill girl receives highest Award in Girl Scouting this weekend

Friday, April 28, 2017
Forrest High School senior, Isabelle Marino, will receive the Gold Award at a ceremony at Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville Sunday. This is the Girl Scouts’ top award.
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By Jay Langston


If asked, most people might suppose that the Girl Scouts of America’s highest award would have something to do with who sells the most cookies, but it doesn’t.

Although the requirements don’t match up, one might compare the Girl Scouts Gold Award to a Boy Scout earning Eagle Scout status. Both awards are the pinnacle of achievement in either group. Recently, Isabelle Marino from Chapel Hill, Tenn., was alerted that she will be given the Gold Award.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, and is open only to girls in high school. Marino is an 18-year-old senior at Forrest High School.

This prestigious award challenges Girl Scouts to “change the world — or at least your corner of it,” according to the organization’s web site. To qualify for achieving the Gold Award, Marino had to work through a seven-step process that began with identifying an issue.

Marino’s Gold Award project was based on the importance of music and music-related programs. It was designed to teach younger students the basics of music and allow them to experience a hands-on feel for beginner instruments such as a recorder. Growing up in a town that revolves around sports, Isabelle designed her program to show not only students the importance of music, but also their parents and the entire community.

By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Isabelle has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Shelia Majors, director of training, volunteer relations and outreach at Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. “They saw a need in their communities and around the world and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership is making the world a better place.”

Some of the benefits of receiving a Gold Award come later in life. It will rasie the priority of students in the college admissions process, as well as earning scholarships. If they chose the military as a career, they will enter service one rank higher than otherwise.

Marino, a member of Troop 85, will receive her award at the 2017 Salute to Outstanding Leadership Awards ceremony on Sunday, April 30 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

To give you an idea of how large Girl Scouting is in Middle Tennessee, it includes more than 14,000 girls and 7,000 adult volunteers in 39 counties.