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DALLAS – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that Joanna Wallace, of Troop 32664 in Dallas, has earned the Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award. A sophomore at Dallas High School, Wallace recently completed her Gold Award project titled Walk MS Child Activity Tent at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS in Wilkes-Barre.

Walk MS Child Activity Tent, a project developed and executed by Wallace, addressed the need for providing an additional play area at Walk MS. As a key part of her project, Wallace not only set up a space at the walk where children attendees could play, she created fun and educational activities that taught children and adults about multiple sclerosis and how it affects people.

By planning and implementing her project, Wallace learned a new set of skills.

“There were many things I did that I had never done before, and I quickly learned how to connect with people and take charge,” she said, “This project really helped me learn what it’s like to be a leader.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award challenges Girl Scouts in grades 9 – 12 to change the world, no matter how big or small their impact might be. There are seven steps to completing a Gold Award project:

1. Identify an issue

2. Investigate it thoroughly

3. Get help and build a team

4. Create a plan

5. Present the plan and gather feedback

6. Take action

7. Educate and inspire

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and this young woman exemplifies leadership in all its forms,” says Jane Ransom, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. “She saw a need in her community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place.”

Wallace holds the position of yearbook editor-in-chief at her high school and volunteers in a variety of community service projects such as, making cards for Operation Quiet Comfort and assisted living residents, decorating assisted living facilities for the holidays and working with younger Girl Scout troops. She plans to attend college and study technological communications.

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