Cassandra Foltz, of Timberlake, has earned her Gold Award,, Girl Scouting’s highest achievement.
She earned the designation by creating a youth theatre workshop. For her project, Young Adult Theater Workshop, Foltz educated the youth in her community on ways to get involved in the arts with a focus on theatre. Foltz taught skills ranging from directing to stage management basics like lights, sound, and music. Foltz hopes her project will give the youth a place to build confidence and develop a passion for the arts.
The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable – 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.
“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good – and Cassandra embodies everything this achievement stands for,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Cassandra addressed an issue that’s important to her – fine arts – for her Gold Award, and we congratulate her on this momentous accomplishment.”
Foltz is a senior at John Oakes Academy. She has been in Girl Scouts since 2006, and is in Girl Scout Troop #172, led by Christy Pruitt. In addition to Girl Scouting, Foltz is involved with the Roxboro Little Theater, the Summer Youth Theater at Kirby Cultural Arts Complex, and is a member of the youth group at Helena United Methodist Church.
By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, she 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 must demonstrate significant leadership, planning, networking and organizational skills, as girls spend, on average, one to two years working to complete their projects. 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.