Carmichael Student Earns Highest Honor in Girl Scouting

Carmichael, CA (MPG)  |  Source: Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
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Katherine Stenger accepts her Girl Scout award. -- Photo courtesy Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
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Carmichael student Katherine Stenger, a junior at Christian Brothers High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

The highest award in Girl Scouting is presented to Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 who have researched, planned and executed programs that create meaningful change in their communities. Just over 5% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn this honor.

In pursuit of the award, Stenger developed a program called “Connecting the Generations,” designed to increase intergenerational connections in her community. By creating an oral and written history shared among teens and the elderly neighbors Stenger sought to increase understanding, respect and affinity between the generations in her church community.

“Overall, the generations should be more closely connected, and be able to relate and learn from each other,” she observed as she worked on her project at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Sacramento.

Stenger was among 34 local girls presented with the Gold Award at the “Girls Who Inspire” event hosted by Girl Scouts Heart of Central California on June 4, 2017, at CSU Sacramento.

Girl Scouts supports the development of Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders (G.I.R.L.s) throughout the United States, with 3.2 million active members and more than 59 million alumnae.

The Girl Scout organization has shaped the lives of fifty percent of adult females in the U.S., including the majority of female senior executives and business owners, two-thirds of women in Congress, and virtually every female astronaut.

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