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Saugus senior receives prestigious Gold Award

Girl Scout achieves highest honor

Posted: December 23, 2008 8:02 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Jeriann Lynds, left, with Almira Agosto, director of Prevention Services for the SCV Domestic Violence Center, displays some of the backpacks Lynds assembled for local students.

 
The Gold Award is the most prestigious award and the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Only 5.4 percent of all the 11th- and 12th-grade Girl Scouts in America this year will win the honor.

Saugus High School senior Jeriann Lynds was one of the few who received it.

"It's a huge accomplishment," Lynds said. "Hardly any girls actually receive it."

She has been in the Girl Scouts for 13 years, which shows tremendous commitment. However, the Girl Scout Gold Award is not simply handed out.

In order to win this impressive award, she had to create and carry out a community project. This project would demonstrate her ability to use leadership and organizational skills while working under pressure. She would have to present her project in front of a judging committee. They would decide whether she deserved it.

Lynds decided to be thoughtful and redecorated the children's area of the Domestic Violence Center. She painted the walls, installed new tile, and displayed art for the children to look at.

"My troop has been donating to the Domestic Violence Center for as long as I can remember," said Lynds. "I just felt like I had a close connection."

Along with redecorating, she also put together more than 40 backpacks filled with school supplies. This project took a total of 75 hours, which was above and beyond the required limit.

"This was a rewarding experience," Lynds said. "This along with everything that I have learned in the Girl Scouts will stay with me forever and will shape me as a person."

Lynds will continue her life knowing she made a difference in the lives of many young, less-fortunate children.

Her achievement can be seen as an inspiration to those who also want to help the community. The legacy of her project and her legendary Gold Award will remain in the Domestic Violence Center for years to come.

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