Blaine teen Shelby Legonvarn recognized with Girl Scouts’ highest award

Shelby Legonvarn, of Blaine, recently marked a major milestone with the successful completion of the Girl Scouts’ highest achievement, the Gold Award.

To receive the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls spend at least 80 hours planning and implementing projects that innovatively address a need in the community. Each girl develops a project to match her area of interest and address a specific need in her local or global community.

To earn the award, eligible Girl Scouts in grades 10–12 must fulfill leadership, career exploration and community service requirements. Each girl must take leadership in planning and implementing her project, working with others in the community to act on her plan.

Making connections for seniors

Shelby gave seniors in local resident homes more access to their families and recreational activities. She provided a senior center with two computers and taught residents how to use the technology in a variety of ways, including connecting with loved ones and playing games.

The resident home recreation director and a group of volunteers plan to continue the project, providing residents with new activities and ways to connect with their community.

“The girls are passionate about their Gold Awards because it is the girls who see the needs and commits their time and talents to the betterment of the community,” said Linda Keene, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.

“When our girls achieve this level of accomplish while still in high school, we cannot wait to see what they will do for their communities in the future.”

All 103 local Girl Scout Gold Award recipients will be honored along with 466 Girl Scout Silver Award recipients during ceremonies in Owatonna and Minneapolis.

In the past year, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys’ Gold and Silver Award recipients contributed more than 30,000 hours to make the world a better place.

River Valleys consistently sees about 10 percent of the council’s eligible Girl Scouts achieve their Girl Scout Gold Award — twice the national Girl Scouts of the USA average.

About Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

In partnership with 18,000 adults volunteers, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys helps nearly 45,000 girls each year — in all or portions of 49 counties in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin — to discover new abilities, connect with new friends and take action to improve their communities.

Girl Scouts is the world’s pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, call 800-845-0787 or visit

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