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Two area teens earn Girl Scouts top honor

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Courtney Thompson / courtesy Girl Scouts Courtney Thompson / courtesy Girl Scouts
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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Two Chattanooga area teens have received the Girl Scouts highest honor, the Gold Award.

Taylor Mullinax of Walker County and Courtney Thompson of Hamilton County have both been named to receive the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts.

"The Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award a Girl Scout senior can earn," says Booth Kammann, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.  "We're extremely proud of Courtney and Taylor."

Courtney Thompson took on a large-scale project to clean up Elsie A. Holmes Nature Park in Catoosa County. As the project coordinator, she scheduled and organized volunteers to help pick up trash, rake, plant flowers, install new picnic tables, paint the playground equipment, add birdhouses, and much more.

"Not only did she coordinate a team of volunteers, Courtney partnered with Catoosa County government officials to get approval for her project and permission to work in the park," said Deb Fager, Courtney's troop leader.  Upon completion of the project, the county has seen a rise in public interest in the park which has resulted in additional funding to keep things looking beautiful.

"What's so impressive about our award recipients in the Chattanooga area this year is the sustainability of their Gold Award programs," said Kammann.  Take "Boxed with Love" for example which was started by Taylor Mullinax.  "Boxed with Love" donates boxes of small toys, games and books for the patients at T.C. Thompson's Children's Hospital.

By speaking to local schools, community groups like the Lions Club, and other Girl Scout troops, Taylor was able to gather and fill 173 shoe box sized Rubbermaid containers with goodies that provide a bit of distraction and entertainment for the children.

Taylor's troop leader, Donna Nalley says, "This project was so well thought out and organized that Taylor even received an offer from Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene to keep her project going."

Courtney and Taylor are two of 42 Gold Award recipients this year in the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians which serves more than 20,000 girl and adult members from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia.

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