Two locals earn Girl Scout Gold Award

You haven’t heard of Katherine Howard or Nicole Hobbs yet? It’s only a matter of time before the word gets out in the community, so let me be the first to tell you about their wonderful accomplishments.

Katherine and Nicole have just completed their Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. Less than six percent of all Girl Scouts ever receive this award, so it’s a big deal.

Nicole Hobbs

Nicole Hobbs

The Gold Award challenges girls to change their communities – and the world – in a way that has a sustainable impact.  Their quest is to solve a problem, and Katherine and Nicole have identified and addressed just that in Steilacoom and Lakewood. Katherine created curriculum to educate children about being safe—such as being careful on a bike, preventing dog bites and staying away from dangerous household chemicals. In order to serve all kids in her area, she translated her curriculum and resources into Spanish, too. She says, “I feel like I’ve become a better leader and teacher because of this. I can also better recognize the needs and situations of those outside of my own community.”

Katherine Howard

Katherine Howard

Nicole designed a public awareness campaign and educational program to prevent relationship abuse among teens. She says earning her award “taught me a lot about leadership and even more about myself. I learned that if you want change, you better be willing to work for it.”

Research has shown that Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success in life significantly higher and report higher success in reaching their goals within many areas.

  • Higher education and career
  • Life skills
  • Community

The girls will be honored for their accomplishments at a special Gold Award Gala at the Tacoma Art Museum on June 22. They will also be given a letter of commendation signed by President Obama in acknowledgement of their Gold Award. Girls will be given their White House certificates on June 22.


  1. Deb says

    You both are very special young ladies. I am so glad that I have had an opportunity to get to know you and work with you. I am looking forward to seeing how you will continue on with your life achievements.
    Deb DeWitt