Elise Roselius of Lincoln has earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. She was one of 21 Nebraska high school Girl Scouts who earned this prestigious award by making lasting and impactful changes in their communities.
In addition, 153 Nebraska girls earned the Silver Award, the highest award for Girl Scouts in sixth through eighth grade, and 233 earned the Bronze Award, the highest award for fourth- and fifth-graders. That means 407 Nebraska Girl Scouts identified pressing needs in their communities and took action to make improvements.
Roselius aimed to instill a love of language learning into students at a young age while addressing a lack of foreign language knowledge. She created a Spanish Club at the Holmes Community Learning Center to teach second- through fourth-graders basic Spanish vocabulary and conversational skills.
Since 1916, the Girl Scout Gold Award has been the organization’s highest honor. The award recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who complete community projects that are sustainable and make a meaningful impact on people’s lives. Spirit of Nebraska’s Gold Award Girl Scouts tackled issues such as childhood literacy, mental health, environmental challenges, poverty, medical needs, disabilities, bilingual education and more.
"These Gold Award Girl Scouts have demonstrated their leadership skills and commitment to a goal by earning this prestigious award," said Fran Marshall, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. "Each girl identifies a project that is important to her, puts together her plan and executes that plan to earn her Gold Award. We could not be more proud of the accomplishments of these young women."
When compared with their peers, Gold Award Girl Scouts soar at seeing themselves as leaders, providing service to others through volunteerism, and having positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. Additionally, Gold Award Girl Scouts can earn college scholarships and may enter the military at an advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.