Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) this 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.

The Gold Award is 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.

Celina boasts two award-winning scouts in residents Grace Cronin and Lane Herbert.

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Grace Cronin 

Cronin, a 2020 graduate of Prosper High School, focused her project on the homeless issue in Collin County, intending to drive more donations and volunteers to the organizations that serve this population. She also organized a team of volunteers to help move two families into their new homes with furniture donations she located and created a website with resources for the homeless. Collin County Hands & Feet will maintain and update her website going forward.

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Lane Herbert

Herbert is a junior at Greenhill School. Her project focused on water conservation at her school. She designed a rainwater harvesting and irrigation system for the preschool butterfly garden that is a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution to conserving ground and freshwater. She held a handprint painting ceremony that will continue annually for the garden, which the school will maintain on a sustained basis.

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 honorees and their accomplishments can be found at https://bit.ly/2WMdR1F.

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