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Ridgefield Teen Earns Girl Scout Gold Award For Exercise Project

Kelly Janasek 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. -- Kelly Janasek, 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 in grades 9 to 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.

Janasek’s project addressed the issue of childhood obesity by teaching children at a facility exercise routines and providing them with logs to track their progress. She also made presentations about her project to her local high school’s tennis teams.

Janasek attends Miami University of Ohio.

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.

She is one of 55 Girl Scouts in Connecticut and one of seven in Ridgefield to earn her 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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