Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas have selected two Young Women of Distinction honorees, high school seniors Meredith Burke of Dallas, and Cameron Wicks of Cedar Hill, for their outstanding community service and leadership skills. Both Girl Scouts will be honored at the upcoming Women of Distinction Luncheon on Nov. 19, sponsored by AT&T. Each year, GSNETX honors young women who have demonstrated leadership through a community project that creates change or action with long-term possibilities.
“Meredith and Cameron demonstrate remarkable leadership at such a young age,” said chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Jennifer Bartkowski. “Both girls are prime examples of what the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is all about. I am so impressed by how they have used the courage, confidence and character that they have developed in Girl Scouts to make the world around them a better place. They are both incredible role models for girls everywhere.”
Meredith joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie and has earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. For her Gold Award, Meredith spearheaded a two-year project to restore the near-extinct Blackland Prairie ecosystem in North Texas by removing invasive grass at the Connemara Conservancy. She received a grant from Disney that enabled her to lead a team in replanting native Texas grasses and wildflowers. As a result of her efforts, Meredith was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Certificate by President Obama in 2014. She is active in her school orchestra, plays varsity softball, and is a dedicated volunteer with Wreaths Across America, a national organization that honors our veterans for their service and sacrifice. She was the first youth ever asked to speak at the Texas State House Wreaths Across America ceremony in 2013. Meredith Burke is a senior at Hockaday.
Cameron credits her faith and Girl Scouts for giving her a foundation for success. Cameron started her Girl Scout journey as a Daisy and has earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. For her Gold Award project, “Most Valuable Patient Program,” Cameron developed conversation prompts that the medical staff at Methodist Hospital Dallas use to help get to know each patient on a more personal level. Cameron also allows her passion to be a driving force in making the world a better place. When she found out about a need in Haiti, she organized an event that collected and sent more than 800 baby blankets to Haitian mothers. Cameron is a senior at The School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview Center.
The annual Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders and Girl Scouts for their service to the community. Funds raised during the luncheon help provide leadership programming to more than 30,000 girls in Northeast Texas in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy, healthy living, and outdoor leadership.
The luncheon is chaired by Elizabeth Gambrell and will be held on Nov. 19, 2014 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The keynote speaker for the luncheon is Alison Levine, team captain of the first American women’s Everest expedition and author of the New York Times best-seller, On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership.
GSNETX will also honor two deserving women at the luncheon, Gene Jones, a true philanthropist and a supporter of the arts, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Nancy Ann Hunt, a scouting enthusiast and Trustee for the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University, will be honored with the Woman of Distinction Award.
For more information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or a table at the event, please visit www.gsnetx.org/wdl