Lauren Peterka earns Girl Scout Gold Award

She will receive the award on June 11

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Lauren Peterka
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons announces Lauren Peterka of Jamestown has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award to be achieved in Girl Scouts.

Peterka earned her Gold Award with her Sewing and Cooking Basics Project. For this project, Peterka wanted to teach valuable life skills, such as the basics in cooking and sewing. She held a day class for girls to attend where she went over baking, cooking and how to properly set up and use a sewing machine.

Her accomplishments reflect leadership, citizenship, and foundational skills built through Girl Scouts.

“I always thought it was amazing how much a single girl could achieve through their Gold Award,” Peterka said. “When I was younger, I looked up to and was inspired by older girls going for their Gold and I realized that I could be that inspiration for girls younger than me.”

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable changes in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award acknowledges the power behind each Gold Award Girl Scout’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself but also to making the world a better place for others through projects that have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.


"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms," said Marla Meyer, Dakota Horizons CEO. "They saw a need in their communities and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership is making the world a better place, and we’re honored to present Lauren this award."

Peterka is a senior at Jamestown High School with plans to attend North Dakota State University to major in mechanical engineering. She will receive her award at the council’s Honoring Excellence recognition event to be held on June 11.

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