In Committing to Change the World, Nine Bucks County Teens Win Girl Scout High Honors

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Scout Grace Burke was recognized for creating educational videos about service dogs.

Nine Lower Makefield teens were awarded Gold and Silver Awards from the Girl Scouts of America, reports Bucks Local News. 

The effort took a combination of nearly 400 hours of research and work. Both distinctions are exercises in vision, leadership, community involvement, execution and assessment of results. Gold Awards are open to high-schoolers and is the most prestigious (and difficult to earn) honor the organization offers. 

The Gold Award winners, all Pennsbury High School graduates, were: 

  • Grace Burke: Burke filmed, edited and published four educational videos on service dogs. 
  • Jessica McNeely: McNeely’s work was done as an independent Girl Scout. She also received a Bronze and Silver award, earning the trifecta of Scouting distinctions. 
  • Josie Stephens: Stephens’ efforts were to increase awareness about Tourette Syndrome, for which she wrote a children’s book and ran virtual info sessions for elementary schools. 

Silver Award winners embarked on projects such as making COVID-19 masks, building an inspiring rock garden and making blankets for a local homeless shelter. 

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