Girls Earn Highest Honor in Girl Scouts

June 8, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Girls Earn Highest Honor in Girl Scouts

June 8, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM EDT

WESTERN NEW YORK (June 7, 2013) – In the past year, 63 Girl Scouts have collectively spent more than 5,040 hours toward Gold Award projects that significantly benefit Western New York communities. Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to recognize these girls during the Gold Award Ceremony and Luncheon Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Samuel’s Grande Manor in Williamsville.

To earn the prestigious Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, girls identify, research and take action to solve a community problem. Girls’ projects have focused on topics as diverse as disease awareness, environmental education, distortion of beauty in the media and helping children learn to read. Each girl must demonstrate leadership skills and put in a minimum of 80 hours for their projects.

“Girls’ efforts are felt throughout the community well beyond the official completion of the projects! Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to guide these girls toward becoming young women who understand the importance of helping the world become a better place,” said Cindy L. Odom, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western New York.

This year, 14 percent of age-eligible Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Western New York earned Gold Awards, compared to the national average of 5.4 percent who complete this award. In addition to being eligible for scholarship opportunities, Gold Award recipients are able to obtain advanced standing in the military.

Kendra Eaglin, anchor at WKBW in Buffalo, and Diana Palotas, co-host, writer and producer for The CEO Hour, will act as mistresses of ceremony for the event.