AUSTIN -- The highest honor in Girl Scouts was awarded to dozens of deserving young women Saturday.
The statewide Girl Scouts celebration happened in the House Chambers of the Texas Capitol. These young women are among the elite of the Girl Scouts as they received their a Gold Awards.
The girls completed service projects in their communities throughout Central Texas. The projects took months of hard work, and ranged from programs to help the homeless to serving with the wounded warrior project to help the military.
"I collected donations for soldiers who are wounded and serve overseas," said Chillisa Toal, who received a Gold Award. "I made bags for them and boxes, just like care packages. All of my stuff was donated. All of my shipping and delivery was donated too, so everything was paid for."
"It's the highest award Girl Scouts can achieve," said keynote speaker Megan Johnson. "Less than one percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award because it take a long time to earn it, and it's a huge honor."
Johnson won the Girl Scouts of the USA Young Woman of Distinction Award. She has written a children's book on bullying, recruited prisoners to make blankets for the homeless, and collected DVDs for children in the hospital.