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Ridgefield Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Project On Running

Paige Santiago Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
This year's group of Gold Award recipients from across the state. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

RIDGEFIELD. Conn. -- Paige Santiago, of Ridgefield, recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts between grades 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community, according to a press release. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.

Santiago's project helped middle school students interested in running learn more about proper diet and stretching. She worked with an individual track team and shared advice on the importance of stretching before and after running.

Santiago hopes to pursue a career in business.

She is one of 55 Girl Scouts in Connecticut and one of seven in Ridgefield to earn the Gold Award this year.

“On a national level, only 4 to 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut in a press release. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place.”

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit here .

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