Asrielle Allen of Rock Island has achieved the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, through Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Her project was to empower girls in the Rock Island-Milan School District to become leaders.

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She created Girls Leading the Way, a student organization for girls at Rock Island High School. Through the student organization, girls learned to become aware of their talents, utilize them in leadership positions and then teach other girls to do the same.

To share their message, Girls Leading the Way members organized a conference for younger girls at Rock Island elementary schools.