Rustin Senior Receives Girl Scout Gold Award

Rustin Senior Receives Girl Scout Gold Award

Rustin senior Jocelyn Licwinko receives the Girl Scout Gold Award

Congratulations to Rustin High School senior, Jocelyn Licwinko, who recently earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. The award recognizes a commitment to excellence as one develops the skills and values to meet present and future challenges in life.

To earn the award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within the community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 5 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.

For her project, Licwinko worked with Rustin Band Director Michael Shoremount to devise a way to keep track of the musical pieces that have been performed over the years by Rustin's various instrumental music groups. The idea was to help Shoremount avoid repeat performances and duplicate purchases of sheet music, as well as improve the musicality of the bands based on previous performances.

Licwinko assembled a team to assist her, and together they painstakingly sifted through every piece of music purchased since the school opened in 2006 and separated them by instrument. All of the music was categorized, boxed, and labeled. Licwinko documented all of the information on an Excel spreadsheet for easy reference.

Licwinko will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall as a Fine Arts major. She feels that the planning, communication, and execution of the project will continue to help her grow as a member of her community. She plans on participating in philanthropic programs in Tuscaloosa.

Girl Scouts of the USA is 1.8 million girls strong. Its focus is to meet the needs of all girls (ages 5-17) from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts, but they also explore STEM programs, develop life skills, promote entrepreneurship, while fostering positive self-identity, diversity, good citizenship, leadership, and teamwork. Licwinko is a member of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP). GSEP is the council for nine counties and has a membership of close to 40,000 girls.