Prairieville Girl Scout achieves highest award in Girl-Scouting: the Gold Award

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Lacey Bowman of Prairieville.

Prairieville Girl Scout Lacey Bowman has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn, and which is received by only a few Girl Scouts nationwide. Bowman was among seven Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from Girl Scouts Louisiana East, being honored at a reception and pinning ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on August 2.

To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a young woman must demonstrate ability and skill in goal-setting, planning, putting values into action, and relating to the community, which includes planning and executing a community service project with a minimum 80 hours of work, that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the girl's larger community.

Bowman is a former member of Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 10464 and a 2016 graduate of Dutchtown High School. She recently completed her first year at the University of West Florida in Pensacola where she is majoring in marine biology and working towards a career in marine conservation research.

Chronic health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and heart disease affect a significant portion of our population. Bowman held an event to demonstrate to youth and adults that exercising can be fun and exciting, but challenging. The event included physically strenuous practice activities and competitive challenges that any fitness level can perform. She also distributed informational sheets covering nutrition and activities and Presidential Youth Fitness Program pamphlets.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East offers the best leadership development program for girls, grades K to 12, in southeast Louisiana. Through Girl Scouting, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, create lasting relationships, and find dynamic solutions to social issues —all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day and empower themselves for life. For more information, call the council office at 800-644-7571, or visit its website at

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