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Maria Regina Senior Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Kiersten Hughes (L) and Amy Rios of Somers earned their Gold Awards - the Girl Scouts' highest honor. Photo Credit: Contributed
Kiersten Hughes (center) shows her book, 'Healthy Living Activities For Children' to teachers at Yorktown's Bright Beginnings Preschool - a school Hughes attended years earlier. Photo Credit: Contributed
County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz with Amy Rios (L) and Kiersten Hughes. Photo Credit: Contributed
Kiersten Hughes' 'Healthy Living Activities for Children.' Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

SOMERS, N.Y. - Two members of Somers Girl Scout Troop 2088 just earned the highest award a Girl Scout can earn - the Gold Award.

Amy Rios, a senior at Somers High School, and Kiersten Hughes, a Somers resident who attends Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, were recognized for their individual projects at the Girl Scout Heart of the Hudson Gold Award Ceremony Saturday at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

Rios' project - 'Stress Less' - focused on helping people learn the importance of stress management, and how to reduce stress. Rios led workshops on stress management and created a blog - - to reach a wider audience interested in stress management.

Hughes' project - 'Healthy Living' - included healthy living workshops at Learning Garden Day Care Center in Somers, resulting in her first book, 'Healthy Living Activities for Children.' Hughes continues to share her book and encourage education at an early age for healthier lifestyles.

"The Gold Award is the highest level of recognition and honor a Girl Scout can earn. It's a huge accomplishment for them," Troop 2088 Leader Rhodella Hughes said. "They've both been in the Troop since kindergarten, and to see how they've developed as young women and leaders... giving back to the community, is amazing.

"It's great to see them flourish, their leadership qualities," she added. "It shows how successful they'll be. They'll be role models and mentors for women today and tomorrow."

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