LONG BRANCH – The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored 26 high school girls during its Girl Scout Gold Awards.
The award, first presented more than 100 years ago, is the highest and most difficult award a Girl Scout can earn.
The ninth through twelfth graders create leadership opportunities to address issues they are passionate about, by tackling global or community issues. The girls must devote a minimum of 80 hours community service to the project. This award is given to less than six percent of scouts annually.
The honorees are:
Christine Apostolico, Toms River, for her work with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen Herbal Garden.
Ariana Atkinson, Freehold, for her work with Garden for the Needy.
Emily Chang, Holmdel, for her work with Skating Promotes Fitness and Good Health.
Dana Elderhorst, Fair Haven, for her project “Be Your Best Self.”
Laura Esposito, Manahawkin, for her project Youth Music Mission.
Alyssa Grieco, Long Branch, for her project on Historical Records Management.
Julia Hamwi, Holmdel, for her Limitless Recycling Workshop.
Stephanie Konya, Millstone Township, for her project on Exercise Awareness.
Daphne Lombardi, Freehold, for her work on Erudition on Diabetes.
Hannah Morgan, Beachwood, for her project “Lend a Hand.”
Shreya Naraparaju, Marlboro, for her project “G.I.R.L. Power.”
Shannon Nutley, Long Branch, for her project Long Branch Covenant Church Rain Garden.
Angelica Patel, Ocean Township, for her work on “The Future of Medicine: In Your Hands Take Action Project.”
Anika Patel, Holmdel, for her “A Day Of Beauty.”
Shelby Pickelny, Ocean Township, for her project “I’mperfect.”
Diya Sethi, Morganville, for her project “Geriatric Caner Patient Pals.”
Emma Singleton, Fair Haven, for her “The Crescendo Initiative.”
Joy Sodon, Whiting, for her project “Hawk’s Haven.”
Kayleigh Soucy, Beachwood, for her project “Are You Gone?”
Julia Thompson, Manahawkin, for her project “CPR Awareness and Hands On Training.”
Cassidy Turnbach, Manasquan, for her work on “’Squan Environmental.”
Julia Wagner, Fair Haven, for her project “BEE Aware!”
Catherine Ware, Manasquan, for her project “Squan Beach Life Saving Station #9 Garden.”
Lindsey White, Manasquan, for her work with “Dottie’s House Apartment Refurnishing, Outfitting and Move In.”
Kirsten Worrall, Jackson, for her project “Stories & Achievements of Women.”
Ashley Yu, Holmdel, for her project “We Can Cook!”