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Girl Scouts of South Carolina–Mountains to Midlands honors Gold Award to local scout

Jessica Kochert

Jessica Kochert

Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands recently honored rising Irmo High School senior Jessica Kochert for becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout, a designation she earned by partnering with Carolina Wildlife Center to make baby bird aviaries.

Throughout the year Carolina Wildlife houses and treats over 15,000 birds. The center needed new and improved enclosures for their animals to live in while they were residents at the wildlife center. Kochert successfully built a total of 10 enclosures for the wildlife center.

The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable— earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.

“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. These Girl Scouts embody everything this achievement stands for,” said Lora Tucker, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands. “They addressed issues important to them for their Gold Awards. They developed plans, worked 80 hours each to implement a self-sustaining solution, and have made a real difference in the community. We couldn’t be more proud, and we congratulate them on this momentous accomplishment.”

In the Upstate and Midlands of South Carolina, Girl Scouts are served by Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 1-800-849-GIRL or visit

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