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Five Alaska Girl Scouts Earn Scouting's Highest Honor


Five Alaska Girl Scouts Earn Scouting’s Highest Honor

Anchorage, Alaska – Oct.1, 2013 – The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open to Girl Scouts of high-school age, this prestigious award challenges girls to make a difference in their world. Recently, five girls in communities across Alaska earned their Gold Award:

  • Ellie Hakari, Troop 620, Palmer - "Project Twila," which addressed the need for outdoor fitness for seniors
  • Sarah Miller, Troop 664, Chugiak - "Entry Sign," which installed a directional sign and flower bed at the entrance of Chugiak Elementary School
  • Diane Murph, Troop 4115, Petersburg - "Electrifying GS about Green Energy and Projects," which taught girls in grades 6-8 about renewable energy
  • Nicole Nelson, Troop 4009, Juneau - "Fuel the Spark for Art," which installed a permanent, rotating student art exhibit at the Juneau International Airport 
  • Margaret Wallace, Troop 664, Chugiak - "Covenant House Awareness," which brought students together for a clothing and electronics drive to benefit Covenant House Alaska  

Gold Award projects require girls to identify an issue, investigate it thoroughly, build a team, create a plan, present the plan and gather feedback, take action, and educate and inspire others. To receive the Gold Award, girls must complete a project that takes a minimum of 80 hours. The project has to be sustainable (no one-time events), and girls must measure the impact of their project quantitatively.

Ellie, Sarah, Diane, Nicole and Margaret will be formally recognized at the Girl Scouts of Alaska Young Women of Distinction banquet in March in Anchorage.

About Girl Scouts of Alaska:

Girls Scouts of Alaska (GSAK) is the proven leadership development program for girls in grades K-12. It provides a safe, inclusive environment for Alaska’s diverse population of girls. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. With the help of more than 1,500 volunteers, GSAK serves approximately 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan. For information, visit girlscoutsalaska.org. 


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