Girl Scouts of the USA Unveils 2011 National Young Women of Distinction


December 7, 2011

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Michelle Tompkins
Girl Scouts of the USA

New York, N.Y. — Girl Scouts of the USA, the premier leadership organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character, has unveiled its 2011 National Young Women of Distinction during an awards ceremony at the organization's national convention on Friday, November 11 in Houston, Texas. These 10 young ladies have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Requirements for the award culminate, by completing a "take action" project that has made a measurable and sustainable difference in their communities.

Gold Award recipients have already changed the world – as high school students. The Gold Award honors leadership in the Girl Scout tradition: two-thirds of America's most accomplished women in public service are former Girl Scouts. The 2011 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients implemented diverse projects, ranging from raising teen awareness of Alzheimer's and the general public's awareness of child abuse, an after school teenage refugee program, a Holocaust documentary, and, a stethoscope sanitizer, to name a few.

The 2011 National Young Women of Distinction are as follows.

"We celebrate these 10 inspiring young ladies for implementing community action projects that will serve those in need for years to come. These young ladies truly exemplify the Girl Scout motto of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make this world a better place," said Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the USA.

The 2011 National Young Women of Distinction program is made possible through support from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company and the Kappa Delta sorority.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.4 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA-4-U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.