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Wake Forest Girl Scout earns Gold Award with senior work

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RALEIGH — Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines announced Alexandria Crank of Wake Forest has become a Gold Award Girl Scout, a designation she earned by helping connect homebound seniors with her community through her Gold Award Project, Senior Weekend Special.

Crank wanted to focus on increasing connection and involvement with homebound seniors in order to make sure their physical, social and emotional needs were being met. She created a program that surveyed the needs of homebound seniors and delivered monthly meals to them, which increased the contact they had with their community.

“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Alexandria embodies everything this achievement stands for,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Alexandria addressed an issue that’s important to her — connecting seniors to the community — for her Gold Award, and we congratulate her on this momentous accomplishment.”

Crank is a senior at Wake Forest High School and is in Girl Scout Troop #53 led by Deanna Welker and Denelle Manley.

The Gold Award is earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.

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

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 the plan, gathering feedback, taking action and educating and inspiring others.

Since the council unification in 2007 through 2018, 698 Girl Scouts have earned their Gold Award as a result of their efforts to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable and far-reaching impact.

Girls and families interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Gold Award can visit