[TULSA, Oklahoma] - Next year will be big for Girl Scouts across the nation as 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma and Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma teamed up to create a patch design contest that allowed Girl Scouts to submit their concepts for a patch that honors 100 years of serving girls. The two councils received nearly 200 entries. Design finalists were then narrowed down to three from each council. All three from eastern Oklahoma hail from Broken Arrow, with the winning design coming from 14-year-old Kara White.
Girl Scouts requested that the winning design be chosen by an outside party, an honor that went to Third Degree Advertising in Oklahoma City. Vice President of Strategic Communications, Amanda Lowery said that while it was a tough decision, the team selected White’s design for, “best overall layout, and they liked what was perceived to be a concept of girls from different backgrounds and ages holding hands.” When asked how she came up with the idea, White says, “I wanted to show the changes in Girl Scouts from the time it began until now.”
White’s five fellow finalists in the patch design contest included:
Lauren York, 12, and Rosie Perez, 10 both of Broken Arrow; Elana Trejo, 10, of Choctaw; Mariah Waibel, 12, of Oklahoma City; and Morgann Martin, 8, of Alva.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma CEO Roberta Preston says, “We are proud of all our girls, and are excited that their talents are being recognized on a state level."
White has been a Girl Scout for nine years in Broken Arrow. She says what she likes about Girl Scouting is, “We get to do things that others our age may not get to do, like horseback riding, camping and canoeing. I also like spending time with the girls in my troop.”
White plans to continue in Girl Scouting and says after high school she would like to attend Texas A & M for Architectural Engineering.
Her patch design will be reproduced as a commemorative Girl Scout patch that can be purchased early next year at Girl Scout store locations in Tulsa and in Oklahoma City.