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Menomonee Falls resident builds 50-foot labyrinth and earns highest Girl Scout honor

Contact: Lauren Sieben
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Milwaukee – Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) has awarded Menomonee Falls resident and Girl Scout Katie Polster the highest honor in Girl Scouting—the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girl Scouts who receive this award are challenged to complete a variety of requirements and carry out a project that meets an expressed need in the community and beyond.

Polster built a permanent outdoor labyrinth for Our Lord’s United Methodist Church in New Berlin to replace a dilapidated 10-year-old paper labyrinth the church had been using for religious holidays and other special events.

After outlining her plan to the church’s trustees for approval, Polster recruited more than 30 volunteers to help move over 30 tons of rock to build the seven-circuit, medieval style labyrinth.

“I learned that if I set my mind to something, I can do it,” Polster said. “I visualized it and it happened.”

The labyrinth’s significance is spiritual, Polster said, intended for prayer and meditation. The labyrinth has a winding path that leads to a central space for reflection.

Polster said her project has inspired members of the church to form a labyrinth committee to focus on continued maintenance and landscaping of the structure. Polster also created a guide with instructions for using the labyrinth that the church continues to print and distribute.

The church plans to make the labyrinth available to individuals from all faith backgrounds for prayer and meditation.
Polster is a sophomore at Brookfield Academy. She aspires to be either a doctor or an engineer, or to pursue a career in math or science.

"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and this young woman exemplifies leadership in all its forms," said Christy L. Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. "She saw a need in her community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place."

About the Girl Scout Gold Award

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. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.