(WTVM) - Two area students have been awarded the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Tabitha Newman from Fortson and Georgia-Lee Smith from Phenix City recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and remarkable projects that have impacted the community.
Newman and Smith both completed outstanding projects.
Newman's project is titled "Outdoor Educational Center." The center was created for Calvary Christian School to address the needs of middle school students who want more time outdoors during school. Her outdoor center is handicap accessible and features picnic tables, a butterfly garden, birdhouses, and a teacher resource library.
Smiths' "Project Green" creation is an outdoor-based after school program with the goal to inspire children to get involved in the outdoors and to learn about the world around them. Her goal was to get children interested in nature whether it be recycling or planting trees.
Both students are now better positioned to receive college scholarships specifically geared toward the recipients and if they decide to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces, they could receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.