NORTHVALE, N.J. -- Four Northvale Girl Scouts received Girl Scouts' highest award -- the Gold Award -- and were honored Northvale Mayor Ed Piehler.
Girl Scouts Rebecca Bazela, Maya Pontone, Gabrielle Visconi and Kaci Kopec were also greeted and praised by County Clerk John Hogan and Assemblywoman Valerie Vaineri Huttle at the event at the Northvale Fire House.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn and requires the completion of a leadership project of at least 80 hours. "Each girl must discover an issue in the community, connect with experts and community members, and take action to affect positive change," a news release noted.
Pontone, of Rockleigh, earned her Gold Award by educating local residents about recycling gently-used implantable cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers.
"As they are unable to afford expensive medical costs, millions of people around the world die each year due to lack of access to these life-saving devices," Maya said. "My project focused on making people aware of the option they have once they are done using their devices, whether it be after death or replacing their device."