Nancy Farnsworth of Morrisonville's Girl Scout Troop 4236 was recently awarded the Girl Scout's highest honor after writing and putting together her own original Christmas musical.
Farnsworth, 18, of Morrisonville has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and was given the Girl Scouting Gold Award on June 9.
Her scout leader is Deborah Colver, and she is the daughter of David and Diane Farnsworth.
Farnsworth said the musical gave younger actors in the area a unique experience that would allow them to flourish.
"I gave the kids a remarkable chance that many would (have) missed," she said. "As they worked together, they grew confidence and truly expressed themselves."
A theater workshop was held before the production, where the actors could learn about how a musical is put together. This included dancing, singing and learning about costumes, as well as how to get on stage and perform well. The workshop also featured a rehearsal for scenes in the production.
"I think most of them were really into it. They really wanted to get on stage and perform," Farnsworth said. "It was challenging, but it was rewarding. I think I learned how to be a leader and how to deal with young people."
Before putting on the production, she also had to plan and complete a career event for younger scouts. This included introducing them to future careers and teaching them how to be "green." She introduced the scouts to the manager of Casella's, and they learned about composting.
Farnsworth said that while working on the project, she improved her leadership skills and discovered just how strong her character was.
"I learned that I had the determination to get through any obstacle."
Being a Girl Scout, Farnsworth said, was one of the best experiences she has ever had, and she urges other girls to also take on the challenge.
"It has taught me a lot about being a good neighbor and about being myself, (and) a lot about the world around me."
Now a Girl Scout alum after graduating from high school and receiving the Gold Award, she said the process of receiving the honor was not only one of the most difficult experiences of her life, but also one of the most rewarding.
"It was a big challenge for me," she said. "It was hard, but I feel that all girls and Girl Scouts should strive to do it. You can't wait for things to be handed to you; you have to work for it."
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Josh Miner