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Hurricane Girl Scout Earns National Scholarship

A Hurricane Girl Scout has received the highest honor in Girl Scouting – the Gold Award – and has earned a $5,000 national scholarship in recognition of her Gold Award project.

Morgan Harris, an Ambassador in the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, developed a project to create an official Monarch Waystation pollinator garden for butterflies at Black Knight Municipal Park in Beckley, West Virginia.

Through her project, Monarch Conservation through Environmental Stewardships & Increasing Empathy through STEM, Harris helped establish a habitat for Monarch butterflies, which in recent years were upgraded from a threatened species to an endangered species.

Harris also helped educate her fellow Girl Scouts and community members about the Monarch’s decreasing population, the decrease in milkweed through land development and herbicides and the importance of milkweed in the Monarch’s development, as well as plants that feed pollinators and keep pest insects away.

By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship, Harris’ achievements have been recognized on a national level. Her project showcases the core components of the Gold Award and demonstrates her leadership and citizenship skills.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and Morgan exemplifies leadership in all its forms,” said Beth Casey, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond.

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