MUNCY - Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania has announced that Nicole Dgien from Troop 60279 in Hunlock Creek has earned the Girl Scout's highest honor, the Gold Award.
The recent Muncy Area High School graduate completed her Gold Award project titled, "Landscape Balls Mills United Methodist Church."
"Landscape Balls Mills United Methodist Church," a project developed and executed by Dgien, addressed the need to re-landscape the perimeter of the church.
Shown is Nicole Dgien, a recent recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Dgien is a recent Muncy Area High School graduate from Girl Scout Troop 60279.
She recruited volunteers from a church to assist her with the initial removing of shrubbery.
Once the perimeter was cleared, she went to local businesses, community members and nurseries to begin gathering supplies.
"I created a visual chart of the needed plants so that church members could adopt plants needed to complete the project," said Dgien.
As soon as the supplies were collected and the plant life paid for, Dgien organized two volunteer work days where people could come together to spread weed cloth, lay rock mulch and stone patio and plant the garden.
Through her Gold Award project, Dgien said that she "was encouraged to connect with people of various groups, ages and businesses to make the project happen."
In addition, the project encouraged her to "take action after I realized the colossal amount of support that the community was giving me following my decision to take on this large of a project."
The Girl Scout Gold Award challenges Girl Scouts in grades 9 through 12 to change the world.
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." Dgien 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.
Dgien was active in chorus; band; Key Club; student council; Christian Club; Art Club; Theater Club; track and field; 4-H; Outdoor Club; Future Business Leaders of America; and National Honor Society.
She currently is studying nursing at Mansfield University.