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Ridgefield Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Helping Students Adapt To School

Gemma Dominique Tebbutt Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Gold Award recipients from across Connecticut gather for a group photo. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Gemma Dominique Tebbutt, of Ridgefield, 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 between 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.

Tebbutt’s project focused on helping special needs students acclimate to a new school through a series of programs, games and tips. She developed two programs for high-functioning and low-functioning special education students, including a custom-made directory and coloring book of the school.

Tebbutt plans to pursue a career in animation and teach English in Japan after she graduates.

She is one of 55 Girl Scouts in Connecticut and one of seven in Ridgefield to earn the Gold Award this year.

“On a national level, only 4 to 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, in a press release.

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

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