Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award


Ashlea Nicholas


From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

North Carolina Coastal Pines congratulates Ashlea Nicholas of Pinetops for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting.

Awarded to fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts annually, Nicholas joins generations of young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award while making a difference in their communities both locally and globally.

For her Gold Award project, Second Grade Reading, Nicholas decided to help second graders improve their reading skills by learning to read on a higher level or to increase their overall reading abilities. She wanted to teach these students the importance of reading and provide them with the essential skill they will need throughout their life. Nicholas was able to instill more confidence in their lives which will allow them to achieve higher academic goals.

Nicholas is the daughter of Stacey and Christy Nicholas and has graduated from North East Carolina Prep School. She has been a Girl Scout since 2004 and is in Girl Scout Troop #480 led by Stacey Nicholas.

By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Nicholas has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.

“We congratulate Ashlea on this remarkable achievement. When a girl ‘Goes Gold,’ she has taken the lead and demonstrated that she possesses the courageous qualities of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader),” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines. “The Girl Scout Gold Award shows that one girl, one voice and one project can have a powerful and lasting impact on the world.”

When compared to non-Girl Scout alumnae, Gold Award recipients soar when it comes to seeing themselves as a leader, providing service to others through volunteerism and positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. More generally, more than 90 percent of Girl Scouts not only attributed their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else. Additionally, Gold Award recipients are more ambitious, placing more emphasis on a successful career, financial security and being a leader and are more likely to believe they are achieving their ambitions in life.

It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Additionally, girls are eligible for scholarships provided by Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines aimed at providing financial assistance in the pursuit of higher education and leadership opportunities.

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is no easy feat as a girl demonstrates significant leadership, planning, networking and organizational skills as girls spend, on average, one to two years working to complete her project. Girls must follow the steps of identifying an issue, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action and educating and inspiring others.