2010 Gold Award Recipient-Kuresten Carter

Posted: Mar 19, 2010

Kuresten Carter, 18, of Glendale helps out in her community and is studying to be a medical assistant. She is also a Girl Scout and her service project has won her the honor of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into "going for the Gold." The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl's community (whether local or global), creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing.
Carter, who was born and raised in Arizona, first got involved in Girl Scouting eight years ago. She has three siblings and is a life time Girl Scout member.
"I started Girl Scouts in a neighborhood troop," she said. "My family really pushed me to get involved in the organization. I stuck with it because I really liked the trips we took and selling cookies."
Carter said her best experience as a Girl Scout was learning how to camp and pitch a tent.
For her Gold Award project, Carter remodeled the fellowship hall of Tanner Gardens, a retirement home in Phoenix.

"We patched holes in the walls, cleaned the entire area, wiped the tables, painted and removed old nails from the wall," she said. "We remodeled the furniture and even swept up dead bugs."
She said she got donations from Home Depot for supplies and a discount on paint and other products. 
Carter said her troop leader and entire family helped her to make the project a success. She held an ice cream social for everyone who helped her, and those at Tanner Gardens, after the project was complete.
"I think I made it a better place for them to eat," she said. "They also hold events in that area."
Carter graduated from Independence High School last May and now attends the Arizona College of Allied Health. She is studying to be a medical assistant and hopes to work in a family medical practice.
In her spare time, Carter likes to play basketball and dance, mostly hip-hop. She also volunteers at Maryvale Community Center in Phoenix, and at her church. She said she admires her grandma the most in her life.
"My grandma helps me a lot," she said. "She is the one who has taken care of me most of my life."
Carter will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award Mar.27 at the Heard Museum.