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Gold Award Girl Scout Project Focuses on Human Trafficking

Emma Anderegg, Mason City native and Gold Award Girl Scout, made quite an impact in her community before heading off to college this fall. Anderegg, passionate about educating teens about the dangers of human trafficking, spent her senior year working on a video project to earn the coveted distinction.

“This is a very serious issue that happens all over the country and world, and not many people even know what it is,” Anderegg said.

Because of Anderegg, students in seventh and eighth grade in Mason City will now see the video each year in school to gain a greater understanding of human trafficking and how to prevent it.

Anderegg’s project required extensive research, meeting with experts, scheduling with school principals, working with a local TV station to create the video, and presenting her project to local organizations. Through all of her hard work, her goal is to prevent adolescents from becoming subject to human trafficking not only in her community, but country-wide.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, requiring the girl to identify an issue, build a team, create a plan, present and gather feedback, take action, and educate and inspire.