Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Addie Ledbetter of Summerville received the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award during the Annual Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina Older Girl Recognition Ceremony on May 18. She is a 2013 graduation of Fort Dorchester High School.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to senior scouts, this award challenges young women to change the world—or at least a corner of it. Ledbetter spent 91.5 hours to complete the required seven-step project to earn the award and in the process helped to solve a community problem.
Ledbetter’s project “You Text…You Next” focused on educating friends, family, peers and the community on the dangers of texting while driving. This was accomplished by creating an educational power point on the dangers of texting while driving and presenting the information to over 3,000 students and adults at Fort Dorchester High School and at area middle schools. The presentation materials were provided to the schools involved in the project for their use in the future. Recipients of the presentation completed pre- and post- surveys. Project findings showed 98 percent pledged not to text while driving.
As a result of earning the Gold Award, the Eastern South Carolina Girl Scout Council selected Ledbetter as one of their four Gold Award Recipients to represent the council in a group of only 300 scouts nationwide for the Girl Scout’s National Young Woman of Distinction designation. Of the 300 Girl Scouts representing all of the Girl Scout councils in the country, 10 Girl Scout Gold Award finalists will be recognized for their accomplishments during the Girl Scouts of the USA annual convention held in Utah in October.
Additionally, as a result of earning the Girl Scout Gold award, Ledbetter was honored with congratulatory letters from U.S. President Barak Obama, U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham and Summerville Mayor William Collins.
Ledbetter was an active Girl Scout for thirteen years from the Daisy level in kindergarten to the Ambassador level in high school and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. Addie earned her Gold Award as a member of Troop 395 lead by troop leader Kim Dalrymple. Ledbetter will be a sophomore this fall at Converse College in Spartanburg, majoring in biology with a minor in mathematics. Ledbetter serves on the Converse College activities board and is a student ambassador. She is a member of school’s varsity equestrian team and serves as the team captain.