Golden girls


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Over 300 people turned out for the Girls Scouts Young Women of Distinction Luncheon on March 26 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

The event honored recipients of the coveted Gold Award.

The award is the seen as the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and challenges high school-aged girls to improve their corners of the world through actionable plans containing sustainable and far-reaching results.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Girl Scout alumna and member of honorary Congressional Girl Scout troop Troop Capitol Hill, addressed the girls via video.

“I wanted to say thank you for all that you have done in your communities around Alaska,” Murkowski said. “The [Gold Award] is an excellent opportunity to highlight the dedicated young women who are influencing their towns and neighborhoods in positive ways.”

Deborah Bonito, wife of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and a former Girl Scout, presented the Gold Awards.

“We had an impressive group of Gold Award earners this year,” GSAK CEO Sue Perles said. “The work these girls will do – be it in public service, business, science, education or the arts – will make a positive mark on their communities that create a lasting impact on the lives of others.”

This year’s Girl Scouts of Alaska Gold Award earners include:

Sarah Miller, Troop 664, Chugiak: “Entry Sign,” which installed a directional sign and flower bed at the entrance of Chugiak Elementary School.

Margaret Wallace, Troop 664, Chugiak: “Covenant House Awareness,” which brought students together for a clothing and electronics drive to benefit Covenant House Alaska.

Ellie Hakari, Troop 620, Palmer: “Project Twila,” which addressed the need for outdoor fitness for seniors.

Emilyanne Lohrey, Troop 4009, Juneau: “Whale Skeleton Display,” which raised awareness of the negative impact of human-generated debris on marine wildlife.

Diane Murph, Troop 4115, Petersburg: “Electrifying GS about Green Energy and Projects,” which taught girls in grades 6-8 about renewable energy.

Nicole Nelson, Troop 4009, Juneau: “Fuel the Spark for Art,” which installed a permanent, rotating student art exhibit at the Juneau International Airport.

Lydia Weiss, Troop 149, Chugiak: “Concrete Bench at Peters Creek Park,” which installed a peaceful place for people to sit and enjoy Peters Creek.

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