Soroptimist International of Talbot County recognized Girl Scout Melody Cerro for her work in the community. The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women ages 14 to 17 engaged in volunteer action in their communities or schools. The award is given to young women whose activities make the community and world a better place, which is part of the Girl Scout’s mission: building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Cerro recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. She will represent Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay (GSCB) next month in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Gold Award Centennial.

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, over ninety 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.

To earn her Gold Award, Cerro inspired students at Colonel Richardson High School to consider STEM careers after graduation with her project, Empowering Engineering. Melody spoke with elementary school, middle school and incoming freshmen. She even worked with a middle school robotics club, and several of those students are now studying pre-engineering at Colonel Richardson High School.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a major accomplishment,” said Anne T. Hogan, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. “Melody is an exemplary young woman who has truly become a role model for younger girls. We are all so proud of her.”

In addition to earning her Gold Award, Cerro is one of three GSCB Girl Scouts nominated for National Young Women of Distinction, an honor given to ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients nationally. This honor recognizes girls who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and address a local challenge related to a national or global issue.

Over the course of the last century, millions of Girl Scout alumnae have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit: