Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) last week announced 172 local Girl Scouts who have earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, which recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in developing sustainable solutions to local, national, and global challenges.

Two of those Scouts – Angelina Johnson and Kailee Oswald – are 2020 Allen High School graduates who are both working toward a better future.

The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.

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Angelina Johnson

Johnson worked with the North Texas Food Bank and created a cookbook with low-cost, healthy recipes using ingredients found at the food bank. The cookbook is highlighted on the food bank’s Facebook page and is downloadable from the site.

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Kailee Oswald

Oswald worked with Vertiv, a global company that manufactures power and thermal solutions for data centers. With a predominately male firm, Kailee created the first women’s network. So far six events have taken place with more than 70 people in attendance. The program will continue and expand to Asia and South America.

Due to the city and statewide restrictions related to COVID-19, GSNETX was not able to hold its annual Gold Award Ceremony slated for May 17. Instead, a double ceremony will be held in 2021 to recognize both the 2020 and 2021 honorees.

"Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better; they change it for good. Each of our 172 young women recognized this year embody everything this achievement stands for," said Jennifer Bartkowski, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “While we were unable to gather to recognize and congratulate our Gold Award Girl Scouts on their noteworthy accomplishments, we are honored and humbled at the number of business professionals who stepped up to create congratulatory videos for each of our honorees. We hope our community will join us in congratulating these incredible young women.”

To earn the award, Girl Scouts must develop innovative, lasting solutions to local or global issues. In pursuing their Gold Award, girls take action on a topic or a cause they are passionate about, as they develop organizational, leadership and networking skills – spending more than 80 hours to complete their Gold Award project.

This year’s Gold Award recipients developed projects ranging from implementing a community blood drive to helping refugees and immigrants acclimate to a new area, to improving education access and expanded STEM opportunities for girls in underserved communities. Additionally, 55 Gold Award recipients will be receiving the Betty Richardson scholarship this year. A complete list of the honorees and their accomplishments can be found at https://bit.ly/2WMdR1F.

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