2011 Gold Award Recipient—Kendall Carpenter

Posted: Apr 15, 2011

Kendall Carpenter is an avid reader and knows how a good book can change your life. She is also a Girl Scout and will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for her service project to bringing reading materials to Canyon State Academy, a boarding school for troubled boys.

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.

For her Gold Award project, Carpenter built bookcases, selected books, and helped implement a reading skills program called Read 180 to help increase literacy for the boys who attend the academy.

“I am an avid reader and want other people to be able to share in the joy I feel when I read a good book,” she said. “Reading is an incredibly important tool in all aspects of life and I think that everybody should be able to read well.”

Carpenter was born in Huntington Beach, California and now lives in Gilbert with her father, an engineer, and mother, a substitute teacher.  She has two older sisters.

Carpenter has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.  She is also the recipent of the Bronze and Silver Awards.  Her sisters both earned their Gold Awards before going to college.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Girl Scouts and I know that everything I’m learning can be applied to things later in life, such as college and my career,” she said.
When she’s not volunteering or reading, Carpenter enjoys playing soccer, playing piano, and acting. She is also involved in the National Honor Society and the Anti-Defamation League and is the treasurer of Key Club. After graduation, Carpenter plans to attend a four-year university to study medicine. 

Carpenter lives by the words of Walt Disney, ‘Keep moving forward.’  She admires Audrey Hepburn “because she was such a fantastic actress and devoted her life to helping others.”

Carpenter will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award March 26, 2011 at the Heard Museum.