Smith wins Girl Scout Gold Award

By JYESHA JOHNSON MULTIMEDIA COORDINATOR,

Recent Indianola Academy graduate Myiesha Smith earned Girl Scouting’s highest award in 2020, the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Only 6% of Girl Scouts persevered to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award and 21 girls from Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council earned the honor during the 2019-2020 membership year. The fact that Smith falls in that number comes to no surprise to her troop leader.

“Myeshia is unquestionably a leader,” said Shequite Johnson. “I know she will succeed at anything she puts forth the effort to do. She is honest, hardworking and one of the most dedicated young women I know. It has been a privilege to be her troop leader and I look forward to her becoming a troop leader in the near future.”

Smith has been a part of the Girl Scout Troop 30123 since she was in first grade and has become a source of inspiration for others in her troop.

“Being that no girl in Girl Scouts has received this award in over 10 years or more within our area gives our younger girls hope,” said Johnson. “They see the possibility of what hard work can lead to and it gives them a positive role model to look up to.”

Smith partnered with her school and community to host an anti-bullying event for elementary and middle school children.

“I saw that quite a few girls that are in my troop, and on social media they were being bullied,” said Smith.“ So, I decided to go ahead and plan the event.”

She used surveys to track the changes in student behavior and what they learned before and after her anti-bullying event. The event was youth-led.

“It was getting them ready to go out and find issues and try to correct the problem,” said Smith.

The Girl Scout Gold Award requires a girl to investigate needs in her community, seek out more information and partner with those who can help make lasting change.

Smith has made a lasting change with her anti-bullying event as the local school has now agreed to host the event on an annual basis, she said.

Smith said she plans to attend MDCC in the fall and major in mass communications.

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