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Girl Scouts Celebrate Top Ten Girl Scouts in the Nation

Girl Scouts named Young Women of Distinction honored in Washington, D.C. for commitment to community service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2003

CONTACT:
Ursula Castrillon
(212) 852-8132

Washington, D.C.—Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is honoring their 2003 Girl Scout Gold Award Young Women of Distinction. Chosen for their exceptional community service projects, which first earned them the Gold Award locally—the highest award in Girl Scouting—these girls represent the top Gold Award recipients in the country and will be recognized nationally. The prestigious honor, earned this year by only 10 Girl Scouts in the country, will be celebrated in Washington, D.C., March 15-March 19.

During the five-day event, honorees will job shadow and network with female mentors who are at the pinnacles of their professional career. They will also participate in professional development sessions led by experts. Sessions will focus on communications, money management, conflict resolution, and advocacy. Using these skills, honorees will meet with members of Congress and White House officials to discuss their community service projects and the current needs of youth.

On Monday, March 17, the honorees will formally be recognized for their accomplishments at an awards luncheon at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Keynote speaker and Women's National Basketball Association's Indiana Fever team member Nikki McCray will join top Girl Scout officials and distinguished Washington, D.C.-area guests to honor this year's recipients. In addition to the five-day trip sponsored by Delta Airlines and GSUSA, each honoree will each receive a $1,000 college sponsorship from the Kappa Delta Sorority.

"Our Girl Scout Gold Award Young Women of Distinction recipients carried out projects that exemplify the true meaning of community service," said Jackie Barnes, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. "These young women saw critical needs in their own communities and took action. It is a testament to the power of our youth and hope for the future of this country."

As the highest recognition in Girl Scouting, less than 1% of all Girl Scouts receive the Girl Scout Gold Award. Of these girls, less than a dozen each year earn the Girl Scout Gold Award Young Women of Distinction standing. Honorees represent the highest degree of leadership and personal development and display the utmost commitment to their community service project, which is implemented over one to two years and has far-reaching effects in their communities and beyond.

The 2003 Girl Scout Young Women of Distinction are: Katie of Appleton, Wisconsin; Nibia of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico; Tamaron of Lafayette, California; Savannah of Tyrone, Georgia; Priti of Houston, Texas; Susan of Honolulu, Hawaii; Felicia of Big Bear City, California; Diana of Fort Collins, Colorado; Jennifer of Wadena, Minnesota; and Elizabeth of Orlando, Florida.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.8 million girls and adults. Now in its 91st year, GSUSA continues to help cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting—and its special girls-only environment—girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. 91 Years. Girl Scouts. Still Growing Strong. Visit us at www.girlscouts.org.

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