Girl Scouts of Gateway Council honored more than 400 young women Sunday at its Young Women of Distinction ceremony. Girls were awarded bronze, silver and gold medals for their projects. Find more photos here.
Those earning the gold award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, showed how they are changing the world through the following projects:
Katherina Albers, of troop 1202 in Jacksonville, built a dressing room for the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop. When the Thrift Shop opened, the store lacked a dressing room. This made it difficult for customers, the majority of whom live in extreme poverty, to try on clothing before purchasing items with their limited resources. Now customers can feel confident and comfortable in their purchases knowing that they will meet their needs. Through the project Katherina says she learned that time management and communication are key in executing any plan.
Jennifer Banks, of troop 1032 in Gainesville, planned, constructed, and executed a set of agility equipment for the Alachua County Animal Services shelter. She got to know the facility and its needs, and built 5 large sets of agility equipment with her friends, family and troop. She used the project to help publicize the needs of the local shelters as well as animal health and adoption. She says of her project, “This project really helped me to see the power I have to ac...