The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 13, 2014

Conneaut teen given Girl Scouts’ highest award

AKRON — A Conneaut High School graduate was given the Girl Scouts’ highest award at a ceremony last month in June.

Destinie Vitamvas, of the CHS class of 2014, was one of 62 scouts who received the Gold Award within the organization’s North East Ohio district.

“Although the Gold Award is the highest, most prestigious recognition a girl may earn in Girl Scouts, we know it is just the beginning of the amazing things these young ladies will accomplish in their lives,” Jane Christyson, chief executive officer for Girls Scouts of North East Ohio, said in a statement. “Their projects have a lasting impact locally, nationally and globally in environmental awareness, special needs populations, healthy living, community improvements and more.”

To earn the award, scouts in grades 9-12 must “identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need.

The plan is submitted to council for approval by a committee of volunteers.

Only 5 percent of eligible scouts attempt to win the Gold Award, according to the statement.

A growing number of colleges and universities have recognized the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award winners via scholarship programs. Girls who win the Gold Award often enter the Armed Services at an advanced level and salary

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