Brighton-area Girl Scout Carolyn Daly was named as a 2016 Gold Award recipient by the Girl Scouts of Western New York.

Daly’s mural project focused on beautifying the Brighton Central School District administration building. Her goal was to brighten the school with art for students and employees. Daly was inspired by the school’s core values of responsibility, respect, kindness, integrity and self-control for the project. The mural serves as a visual reminder to incorporate the five values into daily life, and it encourages positive interactions and fosters positive relationships.

This year, Girl Scouts will be celebrating the Gold Award Centennial — 100 years of creating change and acting as leaders in their community. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into "going for the Gold." A Girl Scout’s project is something a girl can be passionate about — in thought, deed and action that encompasses organizational, leadership and networking skills. The project also should fulfill a need within a girl's community and create change that has the potential to be ongoing or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, and it acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project adviser close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project.

The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must take while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan, utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.