Michelle A. Cordova-Montalvo, a senior at Naples American High School in Italy and the daughter of Master Sgt. Francisco Cordova and Vivian Montalvo-Cordova, has received her Girl Scout Gold Award.

To earn the award, a girl must complete a project that is a culmination of the work she has performed while achieving the Gold Award, including leadership and organizational skills.

The project must fulfill a need within the community, create change and, it is hoped, become ongoing.

For her project Michelle, 17, learned how to use Kerzweil software, a program designed to allow non-readers, slow learners or students with disabilities to become independent readers.

After being trained by two computer technicians and a reading teacher, she taught students in the special education department and at Naples Elementary how to use the program.

She received her Gold Award on May 30.

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