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Vondriska earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Hudson's Meghan Vondriska recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project to earn the highest Girl Scout award.

Meghan's Girl Scout Gold Award project raised awareness of adoptable animals and increased visibility of and support for Gregory's Gift of Hope (GGOH), a local animal rescue organization. A community banquet created by Meghan supported these efforts and resulted in a donation of many supplies used by GGOH to rebuild the shelter and help the animals in need.

River Valleys Girl Scouts collectively contributed more than 9,000 hours to make the world a better place by working on Girl Scout Gold Award projects. The 136 Gold Award recipients were honored during springtime ceremonies in Owatonna and Minneapolis. River Valleys consistently sees about 10 percent of the council's eligible Girl Scouts achieve their Girl Scout Gold Award -- twice the national Girl Scouts of the USA average.

"For many girls, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community pride and commitment that come from 'going for the Gold' set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship," said Linda B. Keene, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. "The Girl Scout Gold Award recipients of today are the women leaders of tomorrow."

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. This prestigious honor evolved from a long line of special Girl Scout leadership awards. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls in high school must fulfill requirements related to leadership, career exploration, and community service. Before beginning their Girl Scout Gold Award project, girls must complete pre-requisites that allow them to discover new skills, connect with others and take action to address a local or global issue or need, and brainstorm innovative ways that to solve these problems. Each girl must take leadership in planning and implementing her project, and work with others in the community to act on her plan.