Girl Scouting’s highest awards – the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards – represent an opportunity to make a lasting difference.
For Juliette Langley of Peters Township, “going gold” means earning the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.
The award, presented to Juliette by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, recognizes girls in high school who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address significant community needs.
Juliette, a 2020 graduate of Peters Township High School, served in several leadership positions, including section leader in the high school orchestra and marching band, membership in the high school Trust Crew, and serving as a tutor and program leader for students in fourth through 12th grades. She also was a member of the high school tennis team for four years and was involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committees for the 2019 and 2020 Peters Township-Canon Mac events.
She is a National Advanced Placement Scholar and graduated from high school with PT Scholar and Summa Cum Laude highest honors.
As a Girl Scout member for 11 years, Juliette is a Girl Scout Ambassador of Troop 51439. She was supported in her Gold Award effort by Andrea Gearhart, Susan Hlebinsky and Judy Alexander of Peters Township High School, and Myra Oleynik and the Peters Township Public Library. Her Gold Award project was developed and completed in 2019.
Juliette developed a four-session science camp for elementary-aged girls called “Sensational Science Camp for Girls.” Each session featured information, demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and activities about a specific science: biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics. Twenty-eight girls in fourth through sixth grades attended.
Her project addressed the lack of girls who are interested in science as a career. Juliette hoped to instill in young girls a love and curiosity of science, so they can have amazing experiences that will lead to a continued interest in high school and beyond.
Throughout Juliette’s years in elementary school, she participated in science camps that contributed to her love of learning. By planning and running this camp, she hoped to kindle girls’ interests and inspire them to continue exploring science as she did.
Additionally, Juliette completed the Girl Scout Silver Award in 2016 and the Girl Scout Bronze Award in 2013.
In the fall, she plans to study neuroscience at the University of Notre Dame.
The Gold Award is a national award, with national standards, and it represents a Girl Scout’s time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making her community better. Not only do Gold Award projects help communities, they also give girls important leadership skills, teaching them to seek out the work that needs doing in the world.