Texarkana Teens Receive Girl Scouts’ Highest Award of Achievement


Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas congratulates Hollan Borowitz, Samantha Knowles and Sarah Lingle for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. Borowitz earned a Gold Award for her Making Money Management Modern Take Action Project; Knowles for her Friends of the Library Take Action Project, and Lingle for her Adaptive Crayons Take Action Project.

Inspired by the Broadway play, Hamilton, Borowitz decided to implement a project that addressed the lack of financial literacy of teens going into the workforce.


“Hamilton’s creation of the financial system impressed me, and it made me think of how little I knew how to maneuver it,” she says. “I wanted to educate myself and others on how to invest, calculate interest and manage money.”


Borowitz held two seminars and created YouTube videos to educate teens on financial literacy. She also created a curriculum that was used in a financial literacy class at her school.


Knowles renovated the children’s section of the Friends of The Texarkana Public Library. She credits the completion of the Gold Award for her newly earned technical skills.


“Throughout the process and completion of my Gold Award project, I was able to learn technical skills,” she says. “It is my hope that the newly renovated children’s section will inspire parents to bring their children in more often, so their kids can foster a love for reading at an early age.”


Lingle designed adaptable crayons for students with special needs.  She collected crayons from local elementary schools and met with an occupational therapist to determine the best shape for the adaptable crayons. Lingle also created a lesson plan and shared it with local schools.


“This project has helped to grow my leadership skills and me to grow as a person,” Lingle says.  “It was a very humbling experience that I will always remember.”


By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Borowitz, Knowles and Lingle have become community leaders. Their accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that have set Gold Award Girl Scouts apart since 1916. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each Gold Award Girl Scout’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others.

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