Local Girl Scout earns highest award


Laurel Zeigler of Swannanoa has been named one of 102 girls in Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont’s 40-county region to receive the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, during the 2016-17 troop year.

Laurel, the daughter of John and Sharon Zeigler and a member of Troop 30226, created a comic book to teach children about math, making it more fun and relatable for them.

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable “Take Action” projects. After the minimum requirements are completed, the Gold Award project is the culmination of a girl's demonstration of self-discipline, leadership ability, time management, creativity, initiative and a significant mastery of skills.

Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and implementing her project, which must benefit the community and have long-lasting impact.