Young Women of Distinction

Celebrate the exceptional young women who have achieved the highest award in Girl Scouts,
the Girl Scout Gold Award, and the 2014 Girl Scout Scholarship recipients.


Young Women of Distinction

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Sunday, June 8, 2014
Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center
610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, Illinois
12:30 p.m., Registration/Social Begins
1 p.m., Luncheon Program Begins


Click here to download your registration form

Return your registration form to: 

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Elgin Service Center
12N124 Coombs Road
Elgin, IL 60124


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Keynote Speaker: Olivia Dvorak 

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Music has always been a part of who I am, and my CD, “Don’t Come Knockin’”, is the beginning of a journey that I hope will take me far in the future. Writing songs was always a release and a way to tell my story about life, and even though I never thought I would travel down the road to Nashville, a career in country music began to come along with singing and writing songs. I fell in love with the guitar when I was ten years old, and after my family moved out to the country, I quickly became influenced by the different stories and the sound of country music. Throughout my life, I have been exposed to classical piano, Celtic music, blues, and other genres, but the roots of folk and country have resonated with me the most. My personal style has grown to be a unique mixture of the many genres that have inspired me over the years. When I graduated high school, I pushed a career in music to the back of my mind, and I went through a year of college pursuing a degree as an art major. During that year, I never stopped writing or playing my guitar, and I soon realized that songwriting, and touching people through music was what I was the most passionate about. In the summer of 2012, I met my current producer Fred Vail, at a songwriter’s festival in Nashville, and I got the opportunity to record at Treasure Isle Recorders. A summer of writing, and having the privilege to work with some of the top A-Team Session Players in Nashville, has made my biggest dream become a reality. I am looking forward to where I will go next as a singer/songwriter.



Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award


Fulfilling the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award starts with completing two Senior or Ambassador journeys or having earned the Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador journey.


Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

  • Choose an issue: Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.
  • Investigate: Research everything you can about the issue.
  • Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.
  • Create a plan: Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
  • Present your plan and get feedback: Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout council. Please submit Project Proposal four weeks prior to starting your project.
  • Take action: Take the lead to carry out your plan.
  • Educate and inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.



The Golden Eagle of Merit, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1919, marked the beginning of a long tradition of using prestigious awards to recognize girls who make a difference in their communities and in their own lives.


From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, First Class was the highest award. To achieve First Class meant that a girl was an "all-around" person with some skills in many fields and a proficiency in one.


Did you know?

A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.