Rushville Republican

August 13, 2013

Rush County Girl Scouts earn highest awards at annual council ceremony

Rushville Republican

---- — Two Girl Scouts from Rush county locals earned two of the highest awards at the annual Girls of Distinction Celebration on June 8 at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis by Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Awards given were the Girl Scout Gold Award and the Girl Scout Silver Award.

Forty Girl Scout Gold Award recipients were recognized at the ceremony. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, recognizes the leadership and impact a young woman can have on her community. The Girl Scout Gold Award develops a girl’s leadership by helping her learn about herself, form a relationship with her community, and take action to make the world a better place. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a girl begins by exploring her own skills and interests while learning leadership skills, such as communication, organization and planning. The Girl Scout then puts these skills to work by taking action in her community through her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Gold Award project is a leadership project that has a significant and long term impact on the girl’s community.

The Girl Scout Gold Award recipient was Sarah Terheide from Arlington.

To earn the award, Terheide arranged a self-defense and safety awareness seminar for Henry County.

Valerie Chew from Troop 2282 in Carthage earned the Girl Scout Silver Award. 199 Silver Awards were given at the ceremony. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that may be earned by Girl Scout Cadettes. In planning for the Girl Scout Silver Award, each girl applies the skills she has developed to meet the demanding challenges of the steps in her action plan, which calls for her to contribute to the betterment of the lives of others.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana serves more than 40,000 girls in 45 counties across central Indiana. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with more than 3 million girl and adult members. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. If you’d like to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts, visit