Tarentum Girl Scout Honored as 2011 National Young Women of Distinction

Aug 29, 2011 Posted in Press Releases

PITTSBURGH, PA—Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is proud to announce Ariel Schroeder as a 2011 National Young Women of Distinction honoree. Schroeder, of Tarentum, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest award in Girl Scouting—and was selected as a National Young Woman of Distinction for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in the completion of her community action project. The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by fewer than six percent of all Girl Scouts.

The goal of Schroeder’s Girl Scout Gold Award project was to improve stethoscope hygiene in two community hospitals. After much research she designed a new and simple technique to sanitize stethoscopes as a way to prevent the risk of spreading infection. Schroeder presented her method to 24 nursing units and added an element of fun with a “Golden Stethoscope” trophy for the unit with the best cultures at the end of her study. She presented her work at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair and was published in the Journal of Family Practice.

Schroeder was one of 10 Young Women of Distinction chosen from 157 applicants. The group will be introduced and honored at November’s Girl Scout National Council Session in Houston, TX.

"Earning the Young Women of Distinction designation is truly a remarkable achievement," said Patricia Burkart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. "Ariel saw a need and took action. Her extraordinary dedication and leadership is making Western Pennsylvania-and the world-a better place."

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