Gold Award

Elizabeth Phillips, second from left, installed a POW/MIA Chair of Honor in front of Leasure Elementary School to honor and remember the 82,000 missing service members who have not yet returned home since World War II.

Four local Girl Scouts have received the organization’s highest award.

The Girl Scout Gold Award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through service projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. Only 5 percent of Girl Scouts achieve the designation.

Riya Setty, of Newark, created The Women in STEM Experience at Newark Charter School. Students planned a day camp for elementary school girls, in which they engaged in fun scientific and technical activities. They also taught middle school girls to create websites with HTML and CSS and invited inspirational women from the area to speak at their school.

Sydney Miller, of Bear, hosted a class called The HERO (Helping Everyone Regain Order) Project to teach participants how to help themselves and those around them if they find themselves in a life-threatening situation, such as a mass shooting. Everyone in attendance became certified in the national Stop the Bleed Campaign and learned basic first aid, CPR, self-defense and tourniquet use.

Elizabeth Phillips, of Bear, installed a POW/MIA Chair of Honor in front of Leasure Elementary School to honor and remember the 82,000 missing service members who have not yet returned home since World War II. She also provided teachers with a POW-MIA curriculum with crafts and activities to teach present and future students.

Sarah Smith, of Bear, hosted a community safety fair at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School for elementary school children and their parents. Interactive stations focused on police helpfulness and stranger danger, bicycle and pedestrian safety, fire safety, electrical and household safety and car seat safety.

Setty, Miller, Phillips and Smith were among 18 girls who received Gold Awards from Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay during a ceremony at Smyrna High School on Sunday. The event also recognized 244 girls who receive Silver and Bronze awards.

“Through these prestigious awards, we herald the ‘best of the best’ – Girl Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational skills, and dedication to improving the community through Take Action projects,” Claudia Porretti, Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay CEO, said in a prepared statement.

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