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Maggie Benson, a twelfth-grader at Hoover High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Maggie Benson earned her Gold Award for her project, "Day Without a Backpack." Her project focused on raising awareness of homelessness/ The project benefitted the homeless population of downtown Birmingham. The backpacks contained care supplies and included a list of places that offer assistance coping with and getting out of homelessness.
“I was able to see that through cooperation and hard work we can make a real difference in this world,” Benson said.
Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades nine through twelve who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. For more information about the Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.
“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Mary Charles, interim chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Maggie Benson has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”