Trumbull resident Lahari Kota has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.  

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Girl Scout Gold Award requires Girl Scouts grades nine through 12 to 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. Nationally, only 6 percent of older Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.

Lahari noticed that children weren’t inclined to physical activity, so she began teaching dance lessons at her local elementary school. With the help of a club at her high school SELF (Spirit, Empowerment, Love Fulfillment), Lahari also brought different physical activities to her lessons. Lahari also started a blog filled with fun exercising activities for children. Members from the SELF Club will continue to upload fun activities to Lahari’s blog, and members from her project will continue to teach lessons to elementary school students in the upcoming years.

“Since 1916, approximately one million Girl Scouts have made a sustainable impact in their communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years!”

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit http://www.gsofct.org/pages/goldaward.php.