Janelle K. Gerardi, a New Canaan Girl Scout and the 2013 Gold Award recipient, has been named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy as part of National Philanthropy Day in Connecticut.

Gerardi was recognized at the Connecticut Conference Awards Banquet at the Trumbull Marriott Nov. 15. The 2013 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy honor is given to an "individual or group of young people, ages 5 to 17, who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy."

Gerardi was recognized for her many accomplishments as a student at New Canaan High School and for her Gold Award project, titled "F.R.O.G. (Food Right Out of the Ground)," which benefited the New Canaan Food Pantry. She collected 2,156 pounds of produce from local gardeners and the New Canaan Farmer's Market for the pantry. She handed down the project to the St. Mark's Youth Group to continue in the future, creating a manual to complete the transition.

She is attending Villanova University and majoring in chemistry.

"Janelle is an incredible example of how girls can take action and make the world a better place," Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, said. "Through her hard work and dedication, she has made a sustainable impact on the New Canaan community for years to come. She is an outstanding role model for all of our girls across Connecticut."

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Gerardi was one of 70 Gold Award recipients in 2013. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, meeting national standards set by Girl Scouts of the USA.