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Class Act: Girl Scout Gold Award

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Getting the Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. Beartooth NBC's Kelley Smith sits down with a Helena High sophomore who is going for the gold in this week's Class Act.

Meet 15 year-old Elaina Colussi.  What she is referring to is the star representing the Gold Award in Girls Scouts, the highest honor a young woman can achieve with the organization.  For Elaina, getting the Gold Award will be an achievement two years in the making.

"It requires 80 hours of a project so once you pick something you kind of have to work on it for a while."

For months she has been organizing this weekend's Squash-A-Polooza to raise money for Helena Local and promote awareness for domestic and sexual violence.  After Saturday, she'll be halfway to her goal.

"It feels really good."

She became a Girl Scout when she was just five years old.  With the back of her scout vest already covered with patches marking several achievements, she says the award will be another element setting her apart when she applies for Ivy League universities.

"Hoping to go to Harvard. I don’t know, it depends on what I want to be so if I want to be a lawyer I'm going to go to apply to Harvard."

Even though she doesn't know which career the Gold Award will help her land, she says there's one lesson she's sure she'll learn.

"It's really cool to see how when you work hard at something over the course of time that there is an end result.”

And that understanding of how hard work pays off is what makes Elaina Colussi a Class Act.


Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center of Helena.
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