Central Iowa Girl Scout One of Ten in Entire Nation Named “Young Woman of Distinction”  — 


March 20, 2013

CONTACT:   Megan Seeman
Public Relations Manager
Phone: 515-278-2881
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Central Iowa Girl Scout One of Ten in Entire Nation Named “Young Woman of Distinction”



Local Honoree to be Recognized at Girl Scouts of the USA’s National CEO Meeting on March 20th in Phoenix



DES MOINES, IA – 18-year-old Katie Jacobson of St. Charles hasn’t finished high school yet, but is already changing the world.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is thrilled to announce she is one of ten in the entire nation chosen by Girl Scouts of the USA as a “2013 National Young Woman of Distinction,” (NYWD) an honor thousands of Girl Scouts across the U.S. apply for each and every year.

Jacobson was selected after completing her Gold Award project in the fall of 2012.  Through research, Katie had found that bats play a vital role in our ecosystem. Because bats serve as a huge nuisance in her Warren County community, she decided to give them a place to go and build dozens of ‘bat houses’ throughout the county, providing homes for nearly 6,000 bats.
Additionally, Katie also speaks to young students about the benefits bats provide for us.
Selected by a special committee comprised of representatives from leading non-profits, Girl Scout partners, and funders, Katie said she is ecstatic about being selected as a National Young Woman of Distinction.
“When I got the call I was so excited. I couldn't believe that I had received such a huge honor for my project!” she said.

She and the nine other honorees will attend GSUSA’s National CEO Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on March 20, where they will each receive a special NYWD pin and a Kappa Delta Scholarship. The girls will also become automatic National Girl Consultants.

"We are celebrating Katie for implementing a community action project that will help improve and sustain our ecosystem for years to come. She truly exemplifies the Girl Scout motto of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make this world a better place," Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa CEO Jamie Boersma said.
“She is a true leader and we are very proud of her.”
Katie said she’s not only excited about receiving the honor, but about the fact she’s truly making a difference in her community.
“It feels really good to know I’m doing something, even if it’s just a little something,” she said.
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About the Gold Award:
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

About Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa:
Serving girls in Central and Western Iowa, NE Nebraska and SE South Dakota, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa provides leadership programming to nearly 14,000 girls and 4,000 adult volunteers. It is a great time to be a Girl Scout and you can sign up at any time during the year. To find out more about our program, please visit our website at www.girlscoutsiowa.org or call us at 800-342-8389.   

About Girl Scouts of the USA:
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority in girls’ healthy developments and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more info on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girls Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org