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Local Girls Scouts honored


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

WICHITA -- The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout age 14 to 18 can earn, and 11 Girl Scouts across the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland council recently accomplished this coveted honor over the 2012-2013 season.

Allison Hohmann, Hays, a junior at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, focused her Gold Award project making literacy kits for Spanish-speaking families in Hays USD 489.

"My goal was to create a tool that will benefit not only the children, but the whole family because they are learning English together," Hohmann said. She worked to organize these literacy kits as well as a check out system for other teachers in the district. The kits included a book, a CD recording of the book and a game to reinforce the concept being taught.

Brooke Lockhart, a 2013 graduate of Goodland High School, focused her Gold Award project on increasing tourism off Interstate 70 into the heart of her hometown.

"My goal was to spark an interest in visitors to explore my community and their own," she said.

Lockhart worked to organize and personalize a tour of local points of interest including historical and cultural. The tour is available online for mobile devices as well as an electronic kiosk located on site of the giant Van Gogh painting, a Goodland treasure.

Brooke collaborated with city clubs and organizations as well as Karen Anderson, Goodland superintendent of parks and recreation, to ensure the success of her project.

"Brooke's tenacity and leadership on this project have been refreshing," Anderson said.

The Girl Scout Gold Award takes most Girl Scouts nearly two years to complete. Gold Award recipients are eligible for special scholarships and are automatically advanced one rank in any branch of the U.S. military.

Allison Hohmann, Hays, also was named a 2012-2013 Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Gold Award recipient.

"This national award represents girls' time, leadership, creativity, and efforts in making her community a better place and is only earned by one percent of all Girl Scouts," said Marlo Dolezal, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland acting CEO. "The projects they select solve community issues and improve lives, creating assets for the community and the future. We honor them for their journey of changing the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways."