Five ASD girls receive Girl Scouts' highest honor


May 7, 2015



Contact: Carly Horton Stuart

GSAK communications director
Phone: (907) 273-0315


Anchorage, Alaska – May 7, 2015  – The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open to Girl Scouts of high-school age, this prestigious award challenges girls to make a difference in their world. Recently, five girls who attend Anchorage School District high-schools earned their Gold Award:


  • Emily Carman,South Anchorage High School – Clare House Lending Library, which created a reading area for children staying at Clare House.
  • Jordan Lane, Service High School – Bundles of Love, which created care packages for babies and families in the Providence Hospital NICU.
  • Kathleen Meeds,South Anchorage High School – Red Cross Club, which promotes community outreach and raises awareness of the different types of emergency situations.
  • Kelsey Olmstead, Bartlett High SchoolStand Up for Your Future, a DVD that encourages middle-school students to resist peer pressure and achieve their goals.
  • Rachel White, South Anchorage High SchoolLoad the Tote, which collected needed items for Clare House.        


Emily Carman

Jordan Lane Kathleen Meeds    Kelsey Olmstead Rachel White


Gold Award projects require girls to identify an issue, investigate it thoroughly, build a team, create a plan, present the plan and gather feedback, take action, and educate and inspire others. To receive the Gold Award, girls must complete a project that takes a minimum of 80 hours. The project has to be sustainable (no one-time events), and girls must measure the impact of their project quantitatively.


In addition to her Gold Award, Jordan’s project also earned her national recognition. In March, Jordan was conferred a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, meaning she was among the top 10 percent of all applicants from Alaska in this year's program. Jordan was nominated by Girl Scouts of Alaska. In addition, based on her number of volunteer hours, Jordan also qualified for the President's Volunteer Service Award. This award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.


Emily, Jordan, Kathleen, Kelsey and Rachel were formally recognized at the Girl Scouts of Alaska Young Women of Distinction luncheon May 4 in Anchorage.


About Girl Scouts of Alaska:

Girls Scouts of Alaska (GSAK) is the proven leadership development program for girls in grades K-12. It provides a safe, inclusive environment for Alaska’s diverse population of girls. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. With the help of more than 1,500 volunteers, GSAK serves approximately 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan. For information, visit  



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