Guthrie’s Shelby Cook has earned the highest achievement award given by the Girl Scouts of America with the Gold Award. Shelby was recognized Wednesday morning at the Logan County Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Cook, the daughter of Doug and Lisa Cook, is a Guthrie High School student and a Senior Girl Scout with Troop 516.
Senator Chuck Hall, who was in attendance, congratulated Shelby and presented her with the resolution presented by the BOCC.
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects.
Shelby’s Gold Award project centered around educational and tutorial videos about training and caring for rescue horses. She hopes the videos will be a long-term resource for Nexus Equine for utilization with anyone who may be interested in training a horse using my methods, which will be geared toward rescue horses.
“My purpose for making these videos is to show people that rescue horses can make just as good of horses as any other kind of horse, in the right hands,” Shelby said. “It may take a couple extra steps, but I am confident in my abilities and with the support of the people around me.”
After the minimum requirements are completed, the Gold Award project is the culmination of a girl and demonstration of self-discipline, leadership ability, time management, creativity, initiative and a significant mastery of skills.
Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and implementing her project, which must benefit the community and have long lasting impact.