Pine-Richland's Katelyn Terchick receives Girl Scout Gold Award - PineCreek Journal

Pine-Richland’s Katelyn Terchick receives Girl Scout Gold Award

Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 9:49 AM

Girl Scouting’s highest awards—the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards—are a girl’s chance to make a lasting difference in the world.

For Katelyn Terchick, a junior at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, going gold means earning the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.

This award, presented to Terchick by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, recognizes girls in grades nine through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs.

Terchick plays varsity tennis and lacrosse and is a member of the National Honor Society. As a Girl Scouts member for 11 years, Terchick is a Girl Scout Ambassador of Troop 50372. She was supported in her Gold Award effort by Joni Patsko, Michelle Longmore and her family. Her Gold Award project began in January 2019 and was completed in February 2020.

“For this project, I created an Environmental Education Trail in the wetlands area of my community park,”  said Katelyn. “This involved raising money to design and install educational signs for the trail. These signs promote awareness of the environment and how to protect it. I am planning an educational Earth Day event to unveil my signs to my community and am leading a team of volunteers to plan activities. As an extension, I’ve contacted multiple parks across the nation to hopefully spread my message or my ideas outside of my community. The root cause of my project was the lack of concern in my community about the environment so close to them, but as I worked on my project I realized this lack of concern is not just in my community, but everywhere.”

Katelyn said that in order for her project to succeed, she put in over 80 hours of time, much of which was spent communicating with people with varied skills that were necessary to complete her project.

“I learned a lot about myself through this project,” she said. “I have always been passionate about the environment, but through this experience, I’ve become even more serious about it and am considering it as a future career. My skills as a leader grew through this project, and I’ve become someone who naturally takes lead and learned to listen and respond to others’ points of view in order to succeed. Regardless of what I end up doing in the future, because of this project, I will never lose my passion for the environment and I will use my leadership abilities to help improve as much as I can and make the most lasting impact possible.”

The Gold Award is a national award, with national standards, and it represents a Girl Scout’s time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making her community better.

Not only do Gold Award projects help communities, but they also give girls important leadership skills, teaching them to seek out the work that needs doing in the world.

There are other benefits to going gold. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

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