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Yorktown Girl Nominated as National Gold Award Girl Scout
Submitted by Courtney Herrick

Ariel imageAriel Hofman has been nominated as a National Gold Award Girl Scout by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. Ariel recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts, for her project, "Sheltering Native Bees.” Ariel is a senior at Grafton High School. She is the daughter of Julie and Timothy Hofman.

Every year, councils are asked to select their top three Gold Award Girl Scouts for this honor to compete for national recognition. This honor is given to those whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue. National Gold Award Girl Scouts represent Girl Scouts of the United States of America as speakers at local and national events. Final selected honorees will receive professional public speaking training, have the opportunity to reach a broad audience while highlighting the importance and impact of their projects and are awarded college scholarships.

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in the community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds this young lady to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.

With the help of the Gold Award, girls can earn college scholarships and even enter the military one rank higher. Girls who earn their Gold Award rate their general success significantly higher than their peers. They also report greater success in reaching their goals in many areas.


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