YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Local Girl Scouts recognized their top performers during a recent awards ceremony at the U.S. Embassy Association Center, according to an Area II news release.

Kristin Harding earned the Gold Award, Megan Heard and Michaela Nelson each earned a Silver Award and Scout troops No. 12 and No. 40 earned the Bronze Award.

U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell presented the awards. The young women represent thousands of Girl Scouts worldwide, Bell stated in the release.

“They are growing up and accepting leadership positions in a world that needs leaders,” Bell said.

Harding’s work with a South Korean battered women’s shelter helped her earn the Scout’s top award. Just 39 girls have earned the award in the West-Pacific region, according to the release.

Susan Patten, the Girl Scouts’ Seoul overseas committee chair, was quoted in the release as stating that the award comes with special college scholarships and that recipients receive official recognition by the U.S. government and preferred status when applying with many employers.

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