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Weston Teen Earns Girl Scout Gold Award For Recycling Project

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

WESTON, Conn. – Emma Finegan, of Weston, recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn 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.

She is one of 55 Girl Scouts in Connecticut who earned her 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, CEO 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.”

Finegan’s project helped organize and implement a recycling program called, “Protect the Planet One High School at a Time.” She placed bins in all of the classrooms, organized the scheduling and logistics of her building and recruited a team to help her collect recyclables,  according to a press release.

Her project now operates at full capacity at her high school.

Finegan plans to pursue a career in biology and environmental studies.

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

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