Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois recently honored Hanna Schmitt of Waucoma with the Girl of Courage, Confidence, and Character Award, a scholarship for girls in grades 9-12 who take an active role in improving their communities.

“Some of my earliest memories of the program are learning about respect, kindness, and leadership with my troop,” says Schmitt. “Girl Scouts was the first organization that empowered me to expand my horizons.”

Schmitt has organized Junior Warriors CHEER, a youth cheerleading program for 60+ kids in grades K-8. CHEER is an acronym for the five values learned through the program: confidence, healthy living, empowering yourself, encouraging others and respecting everyone. Through increasing school spirit, Schmitt is also boosting the self-confidence of other students.

Girl Scouts are big thinkers, groundbreakers and role models. Ever since the first Girl Scout troop was formed more than 100 years ago, being a Girl Scout has been a transformative experience.

Volunteers make it possible for thousands of girls to experience new adventures outdoors, discover possibilities in STEM, develop an entrepreneurial spirit, and learn essential life skills.

Girls excited to join the program and adults interested in volunteering can find more information atGirlScoutsToday.org.