Lauren Jansen, Victoria Jardon, and Kira Schott of New Canaan have all earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts between the ages of 14 and 17 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in their community.

Lauren Jansen's project, "Every Picture Tells a Tale," was a photojournalism project focusing on the inspirational stories of pediatric cancer survivors.

She reached out to local survivors, photographing six families. These photographs were displayed at the local library during a grand opening and will be touring the local community throughout the summer. A permanent display will be created in the fall. She will study communications at Boston University.

Victoria Jardon created "Hanger to Hanger," a sustainable coat drive.

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She partnered with the New Canaan Department of Human Services and collected more than 200 coats to give to New Canaan families in need. She started a club at her high school to help run the drives, building a large wooden box that will remain at the DHS offices. She will study nursing at Loyola University Chicago.

Kira Schott designed, built, and assembled program curriculums and materials for the Maritime Aquarium's first "Mommy and Me" programs.

The curriculum, based on maritime travels, focused on the ocean and wildlife. She tested the programs and trained educators at the Maritime Aquarium to deliver the curriculum in the future.

She is attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall to study engineering, neuroscience and biology.

An award with national standards, the Girl Scout Gold Award represents an individual's accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity, and personal effort contributed to making their community a better place to live.

This year, 57 young women from around the state earned their Gold Award.

Many of the awardees attended a special ceremony June 3 at Saint Joseph College to receive their certificates from Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as a congratulatory letter from Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO, Jennifer Smith Turner.

The Gold Scouts will also receive certificates or letters from Governor Dannel P. Malloy, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the Connecticut Marine Corps League Auxiliary and Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed fraternity.

For more information about the Gold Award and Girl Scouts of Connecticut, visit www.gsofct.org.