Fairfield girl receives national Girl Scout honor


Elizabeth Van Winkle

Elizabeth Van Winkle of Fairfield has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, senior and ambassador Girl Scouts between ninth and 12th grades spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community.

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.

Elizabeth led a summer writing program at Pequot Library. She designed the program to inspire a love for writing in elementary school students, creating interactive games and writing prompts.

She also encouraged the students to work in groups to complete writing activities. A Fairfield Girl Scout Troop will continue the program in the future.

Elizabeth plans to study English and history in college.

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