Congratulations to Casie Paul, a 2019 Gold Awardee and the 2019 GSSEM Young Woman of Distinction! The Young Woman of Distinction Award is a special honor bestowed upon a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient whose final project demonstrates extraordinary leadership and addresses a global issue with measureable and sustainable impact.
For Casie’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, entitled, “Hospital Helpers: Making Your Hospital Journey Easier,” she took action to make hospital visits easier for children and special needs patients. Throughout her life, she has had several surgeries and hospital experiences, both good and bad. Casie has hypothyroidism, and her most recent experience was this past summer when she had to have a biopsy due to a large nodule growing on her thyroid. Through her project—Hospital Helpers—Casie was able to create materials, including social stories and videos, for children and special needs patients to show them what will happen during their visit. Casie worked in conjunction with Levi’s Link, a special needs program that is being developed at McLaren Port Huron.
From this project, Casie learned that everyone has difficulties, but those experiences can be used to create good in the world. She learned how to interact and instruct groups of adults who are trained in their area of work. Casie is now more aware of the needs in her community. She has learned that if you truly put your heart and mind into something, nothing is impossible.
Casie is a sophomore at Marysville High School and is a member of Troop 70545.
GSSEM will be featuring each of the 25 girls who received Girl Scouts’ highest award—the Gold Award—at the annual GSSEM Honor Reception on May 5 in Troy. The ceremony also honored 80 Silver Award recipients, this year’s graduating seniors, recipients of the Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and of course, the 2019 GSSEM Young Woman of Distinction! Keep checking gssem.org/news for each girl's story of change-making greatness!