Ten local Girl Scouts were among those recently recognized for their leadership achievement in Girl Scouting.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois honored 10 Gold Award, 52 Silver Award and 206 Bronze Award recipients at a ceremony held at the Hope Evangelical Free Church in Springfield on June 22.

Ashton Collins, of rural Marseilles, received the Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest achievement, which is earned by only 5 to 6 percent of Girl Scouts ages 14 to 18.

Her Gold Award project was to create a playroom at Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver Shelter in Ottawa to provide a safe place for children to play while their families handle challenging times. She also collected toys, furniture, movies and games as donations for the playroom.

Receiving the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette — girls in sixth through eighth grades — can earn, were MacKenzie Mullins, of Sheridan, and, from Ottawa, Jeri Rethford, Kenzie Power, Kaitlin Power, Lexi Clark, Taryn Meyers, Emma Thompson and Emily Larson.

Additionally, the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior — girls in fourth and fifth grades — can achieve, was awarded to Becky Rethford.

"These girl awards epitomize Girl Scouting as the world’s best leadership experience for girls,” said Pam Kovacevich, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. “By discovering, connecting and taking action in their communities, these inspiring girls are defining what it means to be a female leader in today’s society.”

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois serves 21,000 girls and 5,000 adult members annually in 38 counties throughout central Illinois.

For more information, visit getyourgirlpower.org or call the Girl Scout Service Center at 888-623-1237.

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