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Danbury Teen Earns Girl Scout Gold Award For Sign Language Project

Malaina Foss Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Malina Foss, center, with fellow Gold Award recipients from Danbury, Lauren Guiry, left, and Danielle Charlotte-Rose Morrill. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
This year's group of Gold Award recipients from across the state. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

DANBURY, Conn. – Malaina Foss, of Danbury, recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts grades 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community, according to a press release. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.

Foss' project helped educate elementary school students about the deaf community by teaching them basic sign language. Foss, whose sister is deaf, also met with her own instructor to learn more sign language. At the end of the program, she hosted a large event where all the grades presented their skills with her sister.

Foss plans to earn a degree in art therapy and psychology at Southern Connecticut State University.

She is one of 55 Girl Scouts in Connecticut who earned a Gold Award this year.

“On a national level, only four to six percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, in a press release. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place."

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit here.

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