Victoria Eng and Kathryn Ann FitzMaurice, both of Darien, have earned Girl Scout Gold Awards, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.
In order to earn the award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in ninth through 12th grades 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.
Eng addressed the lack of emergency preparedness in Darien's elderly community. She created a booklet and presentation to educate senior citizens about staying safe in times of crisis. At the end of the class, each participant created his or her own starter 72-hour emergency kit to take home. Eng trained underclassmen to continue the class in the future. She is attending the University of Michigan and plans to study chemistry.
FitzMaurice engaged middle school students to continue learning about their faith and created ways for them to stay involved with St. John Church. She aimed to create an enjoyable church environment and a safe place for students to grow.
The outreach will continue with other youth group members. She is studying communications at Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame.