Sullivan County High School graduate earns Girl Scout’s highest honor

MUNCY VALLEY – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania has announced that Amanda Newman from Troop 60047 in Muncy Valley has earned the Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award. The recent Sullivan County High School graduate completed her Gold Award project titled “Recycling Down at my Local Fire Company.”

“Recycling Down at my Local Fire Company,” a project developed and executed by Newman, addressed the need to establish a way to recycle at her local fire company.

Newman, a fire company volunteer, made a presentation for the fire company about the importance of recycling and the methods of doing recycling. She provided the company with labeled bins and a plan to start recycling to make a lasting impact in her community.

“You can do anything in the world that you put your mind to,” she said, “You should have the courage to do anything in the world that anyone else could do.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award challenges Girl Scouts in grades nine through 12 to change the world, no matter how big or small their impact might be. There are seven steps to completing a Gold Award project:

1. Identify an issue.

2. Investigate it thoroughly.

3. Get help and build a team.

4. Create a plan.

5. Present the plan and gather feedback.

6. Take action.

7. Educate and inspire.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and this young woman exemplifies leadership in all its forms,” said Jane Ransom, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. “She saw a need in her community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place.”

Newman and other Gold Award recipients from across central and northeastern Pennsylvania will be honored at a special Gold Award luncheon on June 21 in Hershey.

Newman earned her Girl Scout Silver and Bronze award through community service projects.

She plans on attending Bloomsburg University or Pennsylvania College of Technology and study nursing.