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Redding Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Ceramic Art Project

Andrea McGowan Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
This year's group of Gold Award recipients from across the state. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

REDDING, Conn – Andrea McGowan, of Redding, recently received the Gold Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts between grades 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community, according to a press release. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.

McGowan’s project provided artistic outlets for first- and second-grade students at her local elementary school. With the additional help of her high school mentors, 29 elementary school students, some with disabilities, were able to create their own ceramic pieces of art. A ceramic piece created by the entire class is now on display at the elementary school. An art teacher will continue to lead her project and include high school students.

McGowan plans to become a speech therapist, double majoring in neuroscience and linguistics.

She is one of 55 girls across Connecticut to earn the Gold Award this year.

“On a national level, only four to six percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, in a press release. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place.”

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit here .

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