“Making Music Meaningful”
Amanda Walljasper, Gold Award Girl Scout
Amanda Walljasper, of Davenport, Iowa recently earned her Gold
Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Her project,
titled, “Making Music Meaningful” worked to connect high school
students and retirement home residents through music. Amanda has
always had a love for music and recognizes the countless benefits of
music in the lives of people of all ages. For her Gold Award project,
Amanda and a group of students from her high school band came together
to play music for groups of residents at local retirement homes in
Davenport. During the performance, residents hummed, clapped, tapped
their feet, or even sang along. They loved the music, as well as the
opportunity to connect, reminisce, and share with young people. Amanda
was inspired to complete this project by her desire to bring together
different generations of people through the power of music. Her Gold
Award project has made a positive impact on the lives the residents
and students involved. Dates are already marked on the calendar for
future performances, giving even more students the opportunity make
connections and an impact within their community. Congratulations,
Learn more about Amanda and her involvement with Girl Scouts:
How long have you been a Girl Scout?
I have been a Girl Scout for 13 years all the way Daisy to Ambassador and k-12th grade.
What do you love about Girl Scouting?
My favorite thing about Girl Scouts has always been being outside. Camping, hiking, rock climbing, anything really! I have also loved learning life skills like cooking, fire building, first aid, and how to be a better leader and share my knowledge with others! Also I love all the friendships I have made during Scouting and all the wonderful leaders I have met and aspire to be like.
What inspired your Gold Award project?
My Girl Scout Gold Award project was inspired by having grandparents in the nursing home and by my passion for music!
What role has Girl Scouts played in your life?
Girl Scouts has played a huge role in my life. I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without it. It has helped me with many life skills and also to become a better person! It has led me to try so many new things and see many new places and meet amazing people along the way.
What is your next step after earning your Gold Award? Are you going
to college? If so, where and what will you be studying?
I am going to Augustana as an undecided major and will continue playing music through being involved in the band there.