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Danbury Teen Builds Memorial Garden To Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Taryn Ramey of Danbury designed and built an electronics-free garden at her church to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Taryn Ramey of Danbury designed and built an electronics-free garden at her church to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

DANBURY, Conn. -- Taryn Ramey of Danbury built a memorial garden at her church to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Ramey's built the garden at St. Anthony Maronite Church in an effort to draw people away from their technological devices to take time for remembering the past. She also held a workshop discussing technology's negative aspects while encouraging attendees to research their culture. The church’s youth group will maintain the garden and require all devices to be turned in before meetings. Ramey plans a career in law. She is a 2014 graduate of Danbury High School. 

A total of 61 girls across the state were honored by Girl Scouts of Connecticut for earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven. Three girls in Danbury earned their Gold Awards this year.

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. To earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9 to 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community. 

“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication. Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

"We expect great things from them as they continue to thrive and succeed in their future endeavors!”

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-empowerment organization in the state, serving nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For further information, visit www.gsofct.org or call 800-922-2770.

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