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Stamford Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Creating Alcohol Awareness Program

Allison Tovar of Stamford has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Allison Tovar of Stamford has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Photo Credit: Contributed
A total of 86 Girl Scouts earned their Gold Awards for the Class of 2016, including 40 from Fairfield County.
A total of 86 Girl Scouts earned their Gold Awards for the Class of 2016, including 40 from Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

STAMFORD, Conn. — Allison Tovar of Stamford has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Tovar spearheaded a five-day alcohol awareness program at her high school to teach students about responsible drinking habits.

She distributed original advertisements against irresponsible drinking, and students got to try on Fatal Vision Goggles and try to perform a DUI test.

She also shared stories of teenagers whose lives were taken due to alcohol, and encouraged students to sign a banner pledging to not binge drink.

She created a website with articles, videos and statistics as well as an Instagram account.

Next year, students at her high school will continue to carry on the program.

She will attend American University and plans to be involved in government for education reform or work for a nonprofit organization.

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Gold Award requires a high school age Girl Scout to 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. Nationally, only 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.

The Girl Scouts all began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of one girl. Girl Scouts of Connecticut are now more than 52,000 members strong. They are part of a sisterhood of 2.7 million around the globe.

“Since 1916, approximately 1 million Girl Scouts have made a sustainable impact in their communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years.”

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, click here .

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