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Singer-Songwriter Olivia Dvorak was the keynote speaker at this year's Young Women of Distinction Event on June 8, 2014. She was so inspired by the event that she wanted to write a thank you to the girls who were honored. She wrote:

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Each year, we set aside time to recognize an amazing group of young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. What is the Girl Scout Gold Award, you ask? The highest Award in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award has had several names since its debut in 1916 as the Golden Eagle of Merit. It has also been known as the Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, First Class, and the Girl Scout Gold Award. It marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the outstanding achievements of extraordinary girls.

On Sunday, June 8, GSNI will acknowledge the achievement of twenty extraordinary women who have achieved the highest honor in Girl Scouts, The Girl Scout Gold Award. We are happy to announce that the keynote speaker for this event is Musician Olivia Dvorak. Olivia was chosen as keynote speaker because of her drive to follow her dreams and make her life her own.

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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Girls who have earned the award showcase the absolute best Girl Scouting has to offer. What better way to inspire the young leaders of tomorrow than by taking your Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, or Senior to GSNI’s 2014 Young Women of Distinction (YWD) event? Daisies and Brownies will be in awe, spending time with these amazing girls and seeing what they’ve accomplished. Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors will gather helpful insights and ideas for their future Gold Award projects and mingle with girls who have already blazed the trail before them!

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Congratulations to Jennifer Vu of Lake Barrington for earning her Girl Scout Gold Award! Jenny created resource centers at Home of the Sparrow to help homeless children establish a foundation for a better education. Her project included donating educational materials and iPads with educational apps. The goal of the resource centers was to help children gain confidence and show them how they can improve in school.

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Young Women of Distinction (YWD) is GSNI's special way to honor Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, along with girls selected to receive a Girl Scout Scholarship. The 2014 event will be Sunday, June 8, at Giovani's in Rockford.

Girl members interested in attending YWD have the opportunity to enter a lottery for free attendance! While all age levels are encouraged to enter the lottery, girls and troops who have completed and submitted their Girl Scout Bronze or Silver Award final report paperwork between April 16, 2013, and April 15, 2014, and Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors will be given first priority. Please note all girls attending must be accompanied by a paying adult. Girl Scout Gold Award and scholarship recipients do not need to enter the lottery.

 

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Families, friends, and community members gathered on Sunday, June 9, to celebrate GSNI’s Young Women of Distinction! Over 160 people were present as ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, along with nine scholarship recipients, were honored for their achievements. Attendees could view displays of the girls’ Gold Award Projects and watch videos of the girls discussing their projects and the positive impact Girl Scouting has had on their lives. 
 

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will honor ten local Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, at the organization’s annual Young Women of Distinction event. The girls will be recognized for their leadership and development of Take Action projects throughout their communities on Sunday, June 9, at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., in Aurora. Registration and social hour begin at 12:30 P.M. with a luncheon program following at 1 P.M. Girls selected to receive Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Scholarships will also be honored.