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Truckee Girl Scout earns prestigious Gold Award

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Jenna Rohlf is a junior at Truckee High School.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Jenna Rohlf, a junior at Truckee High School, is one of nine girls who were recently honored at the centennial celebration of the All That Glitters Awards Ceremony, an annual event honoring Girl Scouts who have earned the Gold Award — the highest award within Girl Scouting.

Rohlf was recognized for her inspiring accomplishment on May 7 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, in front of an audience of 350 community leaders, friends and family, and Girl Scout members.

Only awarded to Girl Scouts who solve a community issue by implementing a long-term solution, the Gold Award is a remarkable achievement for high school girls. Skills developed throughout the Girl Scout program like critical thinking, problem solving, and conflict resolution are all necessary components for a successful Gold Award project.

Girls who completed the project thought big, found their passion and created long –term change in their community.

Rohlf wanted to make it easier for students to find community service opportunities, while getting a competitive edge on college applications.

Working with Truckee High School, she created a community service graduation requirement for all seniors. Her initiative requires students to complete 30 hours of community service with local nonprofits, which include: Truckee Public Library, Humane Society of Tahoe-Truckee, Truckee Donner Historical Society and many others.

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Through the program, Rohlf made it accessible for graduating seniors to find volunteer opportunities that align with their interests and potential career fields.

Rohlf initiated an accountability system for students through online forms, which include guidelines, tracking hours and reporting volunteer progress.

Her proposal for a community graduation requirement has assisted dozens of Truckee High School students to be stronger qualifiers for the college admissions process, while also generating younger volunteers to help local non-profits.

As a Girl Scout for 12 years, Rohlf has used her leadership skills to give back to her community. Her Gold Award accomplishment is connected to her hard work ethic developed with her fellow Girl Scouts and being mentored by volunteer troop leaders throughout the years.

"My troop's adventures have given me memories that will last a lifetime and friendships that will far outlast the miles as we go off to college as confident young women," said Rohlf.

Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to "Go Gold," an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

"Girl Scouts continues to develop our next generation of leaders and change-makers. Our awardees are truly pursuing their passions and using their inspiring leadership skills," said Pam Czyz, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada.

This article was provided by Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada. Visit gssn.org to learn more.