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August 21, 2013

Westmoreland earns Girl Scout Gold Award


Girls Scouts of North-Central Alabama

BIRMINGHAM — Callie Westmoreland, a freshman at the University of West Alabama and resident of Vinemont, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Callie earned her Gold Award for her project Duct Tape Doesn’t Fix It! She focused on helping children cope with parents going through a divorce. She created a book about the topic, and pointed the children toward existing resources, including counseling.

“With my book, I hope it inspires other to help friends or peers that may be going through similar situations to have a positive outlook on the situation and know how to handle it,” said Callie.

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Trish Coghlan, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Callie has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”

The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.