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Waucoma girl becomes Gold Award Girl Scout by inspiring confidence in kids

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Hanna Schmitt, a student at South Winneshiek High School, has been recognized by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois with the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. 

The program Schmitt created to receive the recognition is called Junior Warriors CHEER, a cheerleading program for kids in grades K-8 in the South Winneshiek Community School District.

At her young age, Schmitt has realized the power of self-esteem and community involvement.  Her passion for cheerleading at her school was the obvious choice to base her Girl Scout project around.

"By cheering in front of a large crowd at sporting events, the students overcame any fear they might have had of public speaking," said Schmitt.

CHEER is an acronym for the five values the students learn in Schmitt's program: Confidence, Healthy living, Empowering yourself, Encouraging others, and Respecting everyone.

"I hope that the skills that the Junior Warriors learn from my project will impact their lives and encourage them to go out into the world, follow their passions, and improve the lives of others," said Schmitt.

Hanna’s Junior Warriors will be performing at halftime of the South Winneshiek High School varsity girls basketball game on Friday, February 2.  After the performance, Hanna will be honored in an awards ceremony. 

To learn how to get your child involved with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, visit their website.

KWWL congratulates Hanna on this great achievement.

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