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Ayer Girl Scout Karedis Robles has earned the Gold Award, Girl Scouts highest honor.

AYER — Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is proud to announce that Ayer Girl Scout Karedis Robles has earned the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting: the Girl Scout Gold Award.

She was honored alongside Gold Award Girl Scouts from across the Commonwealth at a June 8 ceremonyat the Massachusetts State House. More than 50 Girl Scouts from eastern Massachusetts earned the Gold Award this year.

As a dedicated musician who enjoys working with children, Karedis developed a program to educate young students on the many types of music and instruments. Twice a week, pre-kindergarten students attended the music program; they gained exposure to music in everyday objects, learned counting rhythm, learned the sections of an orchestra, constructed their own musical instruments, played music on glasses of water, analyzed stories told through ballet, and practiced various cultural dances. The program was unanimously recommended to be a permanent part of the pre-kindergarten program, and two high school students will continue the curriculum.

“These Gold Award Girl Scouts have earned the highest rank of excellence in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by deliberately challenging themselves. They embraced independent thinking, tackled challenges head-on, and took action to make lasting change in their communities,” said Denise Burgess, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “Now, more than ever, it is inspiring to see young women taking the lead and setting the direction.”

Since 1916, more than one million Girl Scouts have made meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world through completing a Gold Award project.

Girls in grades 9-12 are eligible, and must spend a minimum of 80 hours (completed over one or two years) working on a project, completing seven steps. First, the aspirant must choose an issue to address. Then she investigates, recruits volunteers to help, creates a plan, and presents her plan to her local Girl Scout council. She takes action and, in doing so, develops her problem-solving, organization, and leadership skills. Girls achieve a true sense of accomplishment as they educate and inspire others, and initiate real change in their communities.

The Gold Award is an accomplishment that a Girl Scout is able to display on her resume, making her a more appealing candidate to colleges and employers. In addition, Gold Award Girls Scouts who join the armed services enter one rank higher than other recruits. The Gold Award demonstrates, beyond a doubt, that a Girl Scout is a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader).

Each Gold Award Girl Scout receives a Gold Award pin, and special recognition from individuals and organizations including, Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, the U.S. military, the Department of Health and Human Services, NASA, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Park Service, the White House, the governor, and both Massachusetts senators.