Fourteen Senior Girl Scouts from the area have been earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Recognized for the time, leadership, creativity and effort they invested in their community service projects were Kate Albertini, Centennial High School; Erin Benson, River Hill High School; Kelly Hetzler, Wilde Lake High School; Tanya Johnson, attending Hampton University; Hanul Kim, Centennial High School; Chelsie Lloyd, at University of Maryland, College Park; Emily Miller, Reservoir High School; Michelle Moore, St. Vincent Pallotti High School; Michelle Morestein, Marriotts Ridge High School; Whitney Mour, attending Howard Community College; Angelina Nastase, attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Nishi Parekh, Centennial High School; Katherine Quail, attending U.S. Naval Academy; and Kristin Schwarz, Centennial High School.
To qualify, their projects were required to take at least 60 hours to complete, fill a local, regional or national need and have a lasting positive impact on the community.
Sixty-two girls received the award this year from Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Council. Only 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts across the country earn the award, said Danita Terry, director of communications for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.