GREENWICH, Conn. -- Ahana Shanbhogue, of Greenwich, recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.
In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts grades 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community, according to a press release. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.
Shanbhogue's project consisted of organizing a hands-on summer program introducing kids of all ages to environmental issues that the world is facing, and what they can do to help, according to a press release. At a local Boys and Girls Club, she presented activities including creating trails, planting trees and playing water-saving games.
She is studying chemical engineering at the University of Michigan. She hopes to one day work on a team and help create alternative fuels.
She is one of 55 Girl Scouts in Connecticut to earn the Gold Award this year.
“On a national level, only four to six percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, in a press release. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place.”
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit here .
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