Kenna Talhelm earns national Girl Scout scholarship

Kenna Talhelm of Alamance County and a member of Girl Scout Troop 40607 has been selected as a National Gold Award Scholarship recipient from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). Talhelm was awarded a total of $5,000 in scholarship monies.

The GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship recognizes one outstanding Gold Award Girl Scout from each of the 111 councils across the United States. Recipients are selected based on their project exemplifying the core components of the Girl Scout Gold Award and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that drives lasting change within the community and beyond.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which was titled “Cleaning Waterways Through Stormwater Education,” Talhelm hosted creek clean-ups where the focus was education and addressing the root cause of the issue. She created informational flyers and a website that act as resources for the public to learn about proper pet waste disposal, among many other ways they can help combat water pollution.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a great honor, and these projects positively impact so many different groups of people and communities,” said Jennifer Wilcox, CEO of GSCP2P. “For Kenna to have her project recognized on a national level makes all her hard work and dedication even more of an accomplishment.”

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