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Joanna Wallace, of Troop 32664 in Dallas, has earned the Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award.

A sophomore at Dallas High School, Wallace recently completed her Gold Award project, titled “Walk MS Child Activity Tent” at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS in Wilkes-Barre.

Walk MS Child Activity Tent, a project developed and executed by Wallace, addressed the need for providing an additional play area at Walk MS. As a key part of her project, Wallace not only set up a space at the walk where young attendees could play, she created fun and educational activities that taught children and adults about multiple sclerosis and how it affects people.

By planning and implementing her project, Wallace learned a new set of skills.

The Girl Scout Gold Award challenges Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 to change the world, no matter how big or small their impact might be. There are seven steps to completing a Gold Award project They are: Identify an issue, Investigate it thoroughly, Get help and build a team, Create a plan, Presnt the plan and gather feedback, Take action and Educate and inspire.

Wallace holds the position of Yearbook Editor-in-Chief at her high school and volunteers in a variety of community service projects such as, making cards for Operation Quiet Comfort and assisted living residents, decorating assisted living facilities for the holidays and working with younger Girl Scout troops.

She plans to attend college and study technological communications.

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