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Darien Girl Scout receives highest honor

Norwalk Grassroots Girls Club — Miracle Kave, Katie Von Jenna, the 2012-2013 president, Anaelle Benjamin, Sarah Alptekin, Iasiah Sena and Tamia Smith.

Sarah Alptekin, of Darien Girl Scout Troop 50003, received her Girl Scout Gold Award on December 22, 2012. The Gold Award is the highest achievement that can be attained in Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and is earned by only 5% of girl scouts nationwide. Gold award recipients demonstrate a high level of skills, leadership and community service, including the completion of a “Take Action” volunteer project totaling at least 80 hours of service to the local community.

Sarah completed a service project of more than 60 hours, at Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, that she independently created and researched. She managed and directed each detail of the project resulting in a sustainable program with an organization that highlights the need for young girls to have role models.

Being a role model herself — to her classmates, siblings and many younger scouts in Darien — Sarah trained and led her team to work together with girls from an underprivileged and disadvantaged community. As a result of this project, the mentors and the children shared a friendship, while the children benefited from the attention and appreciation they received.

Sarah’s Gold Award Committee Mentor was Paula Fromm, advisor for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. The Community consultant was Tracy McEvoy of Norwalk Grass Roots Tennis.

Sarah is the daughter of Murat and Mary Alptekin and is a senior at Darien High School. She will be recognized by the Girl Scouts of Connecticut at a statewide reception in the spring.

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