Anika Berger and Meaghan Reilly, both of Sherman, have received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts between grades nine through 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community.

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.

Anika’s project was to revamp and update an 1870 blacksmith’s forge in Sherman.

With the permission of her local historical society, she created museum-style plaques and pedestals providing information on various tools for when residents visit the forge.

She plans to study international development and social change to pursue a career in international relations.

Meaghan’s project worked with students in grades two and four with their summer reading packets in order to stress the importance of reading.

She read books with the students and created crafts to go along with the subjects.

She also created a curriculum to help parents and adults encourage their young students to read, which is at her local public library.

“On a national level, only 4 to 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

“By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage and character, who make the world a better place,” Barneby said.

“Next year, we are excited to celebrate our 100th year of encouraging girls to Go Gold,” she said.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit http://www.gsofct.org/pages/ GoldAward.php.