Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois congratulates Mika Seresbeno from Marion, Illinois for becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout—a designation she earned by creating a mural in her downtown area that celebrated music and the arts.
“Art and music are such important parts of my life,” said Mika. “During the pandemic, I noticed how much more important they became to everyone’s new daily routine.”
Mika created a large mural in her downtown community that displayed the different aspects of art and music. In addition, she created a tutorial online to show the process she went through as a way to educate others on how it can be done. “I wanted to bring attention to the effort all artists put into their work, and I wanted to bring awareness to the need for support of the arts in my community and around the world,” added Mika.
Speaking about her Gold Award, Mika noted that her project taught her to be more independent and to trust her own judgment. “I now know how to really put myself out there to be heard, but most of all, I could feel myself becoming a better version of myself when working on this project,” stated Mika.
Gold Award Girl Scouts change the world for the better, and they change it for good. The Gold Award is earned by girls in grades 9–12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in developing sustainable solutions to local, national and global challenges. Since the highest award was established in 1916, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change. The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable.
Mika is the daughter of Joanna and Michael Beno and a member of the class of 2021 at Marion High School. She plans on attending Murray State University in the fall where she will major in Music and Art Education.