Nine Girl Scouts in Oklahoma followed their passions and completed projects that helped a pet shelter, literacy organization, a teen pregnancy center and special needs children, among others, as they earned the organization's highest honor, the Gold Award.
The Gold Award winners will be among nearly 140 girls recognized by Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma during a ceremony Saturday for their accomplishments with Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.
The Gold Award, given for service on a project that fulfills a need within the community, creates change and is ongoing, is similar to the Boy Scouts' Eagle Scout ranking.
The 38 girls who earned their Silver Award and the 91 who earned their Bronze Award also will be recognized at the ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52. A reception will follow.
The goal of the Girl Scouts' Gold Award is to set a foundation for active citizenship throughout a woman's life and is the culmination of all her work in the Scouts. It is something that the Scout is passionate about — in thought, deed and action, a news release from the organization noted.
This year's award winners are Emilia Baker, Jessica Beedle, Katie Cooley, Amelia Dethloff, Hana Kohl, Sophia Nutt, Hannah Pullen, Megan Reed and Michelle Shepherd.
Some of the projects included:
• Katie Cooley, Midwest City, is a senior at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, and she chose the Holy Family Home for her project because of the support they provide to Oklahoma teenagers struggling with unplanned pregnancies. As part of her project, Cooley provided 30 hand sewn baby blankets, items for the needs of both the girls and newborns and donations of various items for the home to use.