Seventeen Girl Scouts from Queens and 33 others from across the city received the Gold Award for outstanding community service at Cooper Union College in Manhattan.
The Gold Award irequires 80 hours of community service from each girl. This year’s award winners ran a community garden, hosted a book drive, helped autistic kids and more.
Ranice Chong of Queens Village took her love of reading and held a book drive to create a library at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children. Jasmine Wu of Flushing crocheted caps for premature babies born. Inspired by her troop leader, Claudia Thuleweit of Glendale hosted a blood drive and health information day.
"These awards reflect the spirit and drive of our girls and the impressive reach of their projects," said Barbara Murphy-Warrington, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. “We are proud of their accomplishments and confident that these young women will become the leaders of tomorrow," she added.
This year's awards also mark the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in New York. Over 26,000 girls across New York City participate in Girl Scouting.
"These girls are already making an enormous difference for people in their communities, and we can only imagine the change they will to create when they bring their ingenuity and vision to bear as adults," said Girls Scouts board president Carmen Dubroc.