Local student earns the Girl Scout Gold Award

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By Sophie Nulph

A local high school student recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Kyra Jones, a senior at Hamilton Southeastern, was awarded the highest award to be earned as a Girl Scout June 1 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. The awards were part of the Girl Scout Central Indiana’s Girls of Distinction ceremony.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is one of the most prestigious and difficult awards for a girl to earn. There are seven steps to completing the project and receiving the award. The steps are identifying an issue, investigating, building a team, creating and presenting a plan, taking action and educating others.

“I know a lot of people who start the project but don’t finish it,” Jones said.

Becoming a Girl Scout in kindergarten, Jones said she loved the experiences and friendships the organization has brought her.

“We went to Europe for two weeks,” Jones said. “In London and Switzerland, we went to the Girl Scout centers, but we also looked around the cities.”

Jones’ project was working with a local food pantry to create a cookbook, which included healthy recipes that can be made with ingredients commonly found in a food pantry. The project began in January and was completed in April.

Jones said she wanted to create the cookbook because she loved cooking and experimenting with new foods, and she often helped out at food pantries.

“My old church pastor, he moved churches and worked at this one, which had a food pantry with it,” Jones said.

Jones is now focusing on her senior year on being a thespian.

“I will likely become a lifetime Girl Scout,” she said.

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