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Current Honorees

Each year, Girl Scouts River Valleys is proud to honor remarkable women and girls for their leadership, accomplishments, and community contributions. Congratulations to the 2019 honorees for this great achievement!

2019 Young Women of Distinction

Elizabeth Neil Headshot

Elizabeth Neil

Elizabeth is a senior at Trinity School at River Ridge in Eagan and has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. Elizabeth has been attending Roseville Girl Scout Day Camp for nine years and has volunteered as a caddie since 2013. For her Gold Award project, Elizabeth is using her knowledge and experience from a ski accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and hospitalization. Elizabeth’s project will include the creation of conversation starter kits for children with disabilities. Outside of Girl Scouts, Elizabeth is a student ambassador at Trinity School and has launched a volunteering club there. She also participates in school choir, cross country, drama competition, the NET Ministries high school program, and enjoys camping and hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail. Elizabeth plans to apply her personal TBI experience to her study of neuroscience in college.

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Jackquline Swen Headshot

Jackquline Swen

Jackie is a senior at Park Center Senior High School and has been in Girl Scouts ConnectZ for over a year. Jackie immigrated from Liberia in 2013 when she was just eleven years old. When she first arrived in the United States, she had a hard time adjusting and finding her place in a new culture. “I was looking forward to starting school, because I was hoping to learn new things and meet new people,” Jackie said, “but it was hard for me to understand the lessons and communicate because of my accent. I was bullied at first because I was different, but that didn’t stop me from coming to school and learning.” With support from her teachers, Jackie continued to work hard and is now preparing to apply for college. Jackie also found support from her Girl Scouts ConnectZ troop, many who are also Liberian. Some of Jackie’s passions include her Liberian culture, choir, STEM, art, her monthly volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, and her education. After attending the ConnectZ Midwest College Tour last year, Jackie aspires to attend Minneapolis Community and Technical College and then transfer to Augsburg College, so she can fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse or midwife and working to change our world’s healthcare for the better.

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2019 Women of Distinction

Watch for our announcement of the 2019 honorees coming soon.