COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Three Columbus teens received the highest honor awarded by the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia on Sunday.
Jazmyn Bernard, Sarah Ehrhart and Ishani Rewatkar all received the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award at a formal ceremony.
The award recognizes the work of Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades nine through 12 with outstanding accomplishments in areas of leadership, community service and personal development.
The award required each Girl Scout to spend a minimum of 80 hours planning and implementing a project that puts the Girl Scout Law and Promise into practice in a positive way for her community.
"The Girl Scout Leadership Experience and award process encourages girls to discover, connect and take action on the issues most important to them. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place," the news release said.
The girls' projects are as follows:
Jazmyn Bernard, Troop #50359, Columbus
"Watch a Seed Grow"
Jazmyn started an outreach ministry program for underprivileged children in her church community that included transportation to church, help with personal hygiene and dental services.
Sarah Ehrhart, Columbus
"Shelter Support Saturday"
Sarah held a food drive and educational event in support of three local animal shelters.
Ishani Rewatkar, Troop #50105, Columbus
"Female Feticide Awareness"
Ishani planned and hosted events in Columbus and in India to raise awareness about female feticide, a serious international gender equality issue.
Congratulations to the three Girl Scouts!