Scouts earn prestigious awards

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Madeline Smith earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. (Submitted photos)

Madeline Smith earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. (Submitted photos)

Alexandra Smith was among nearly 200 Girl Scouts to receive the Silver Award.

Alexandra Smith was among nearly 200 Girl Scouts to receive the Silver Award.

Girl Scouts Madeline Smith and Alexandra Smith of Noblesville earned two of the highest awards at the annual Girls of Distinction Celebration on June 8 at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Madeline earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, and Alexandra received the Girl Scout Silver Award.

Madeline was among the 40 Gold Award recipients recognized at the ceremony. To earn the award, Madeline created a brochure and kits to raise awareness of exercise induced asthma. She gained information and ideas from a pulmonologist, and diagnosed with asthma herself, also added in her own tricks to living with the disease. Madeline, a North Central High School student, delivered the materials to her high school athletic director and her pulmonologist.

Nearly 200 Girl Scout Silver Awards were given at the ceremony. It is the highest award that may be earned by Girl Scout Cadettes. In planning for the Girl Scout Silver Award, each girl applies the skills she has developed to meet the demanding challenges of the steps in her action plan, which calls for her to contribute to the betterment of the lives of others.

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