Caleigh Sullivan, of Macedonia, was among 36 local girls who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this year, the 100th anniversary of the award. The girls were recognized June 18 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.
Nationwide, only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts go for the gold. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces automatically enter the military one rank higher.
Sullivan is a graduate of Nordonia High School. Her Gold Award project provided premature infants at MetroHealth Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with comfortable bed sheets.
She learned of this need from visiting the NICU, where she saw the small babies with fragile skin and thought they would benefit from better sheets.
Caleigh designed her project so it allowed nurses and other volunteers to participate by sewing isolette and crib sheets no matter their skill level. The NICU nurses made 80 isolette sheets and 20 crib sheets. The program continues with four nurses taking over the project and making sheets for this fragile population. Caleigh expanded her project by sending directions and patterns for the sheets to other hospital NICUs. Several hospitals have taken on this project to make sheets to help the fragile infants in their care.
Caleigh was a member of the National Honor Society, marching band, and the choir while in high school. She lettered in band and equestrian sports from the United States Equestrian Federation.
She is also a member of the Bath Pony Club, Western Reserve Carriage Association, and the USEF. She is currently attending Kent State University majoring in economics.