After 13 years as a Girl Scout, Rachel Corradin is working toward her Gold Award, the highest award available in the Girl Scouts of the USA program.
“It’s comparable to the Eagle Scout award (in Boy Scouts), and recognizes leadership,” Corradin, 18, said.
A member of Troop 10134 in Munster, Corradin completed her required Take Action project Aug. 22 with a clothing drive at the Hammond National Guard Armory, 2530 E. 73rd St.
The proceeds of the drive created funds for handicapped accessible bathtubs to benefit the Thomas Cellini Huntington’s Disease Foundation in South Chicago Heights, Ill.
“With someone close to me affected by this disease, there is personal motivation to benefit an organization like this,” Corradin added.
The daughter of Dan and Monica Corradin, of Munster, Corradin graduated this year from Munster High School and is attending Valparaiso University to study nursing and Spanish.
“I’ve always known that I wanted to work in the medical field and nursing just seemed to be the best fit for me.
“After studying abroad for seven weeks with the IU Honors program in Spain last summer, I knew that I wanted to continue my foreign language studies,” she added.
Corradin also hopes to put to use the lessons the Girl Scouts program has taught her.
“Girl Scouts has taught me countless skills to help me advance academically and socially, and has definitely helped me prepare for my future more than any other program out there,” she said. “It has created really strong bonds and friendships with girls I have been working with for numerous years.”