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Franklin Academy student earns Girl Scout Gold Award

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RALEIGH — Rachel Van Horne of Wake Forest has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting. Awarded to fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts annually, Van Horne joins generations of young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award while making a difference in their communities both locally and globally.

For her Gold Award project, Faith in Confidence, Van Horne addressed the issue of peer pressure surrounding religious beliefs, specifically amongst young girls in the Catholic community. She decided that the best way to address the issue would be to help young girls find a network of similarly-minded people, and used her project to introduce the girls who participated to other Catholic members of the community. She created a mother-daughter tea event in the hopes that it would make the girls feel more comfortable in participating in activities and discussions while allowing girls to bond with their mothers.

Van Horne is the daughter of Curtis and Mary Jo Van Horne and is a senior at Franklin Academy High School. Van Horne has been in Girl Scouts since 2006 and is in Girl Scout Troop #1658 led by Carolyn Rogers, Julie Brown and Sarah Hobbs. In addition to Girl Scouting, Van Horne participates in Tri-M Music Honors Society, International Thespian Society, Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church High School Retreat Team, and voice lessons.

“We congratulate Rachel on this remarkable achievement. When a girl “Goes Gold,” she has taken the lead and demonstrated that she possesses the courageous qualities of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader),” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “The Girl Scout Gold Award shows that one girl, one voice, and one project can have a powerful and lasting impact on the world.”

Since the council unification in 2007 through 2018, 698 Girl Scouts have earned their Gold Award as a result of their efforts to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable and far-reaching impact. Girls and families interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Gold Award can visit