During the awards breakfast at the annual VFW Connecticut State Convention this weekend, Ambassador Girl Scout Grace Collins of Brookfield was named Scout of the Year. The Office of the VFW State Commander chose Collins as the first place winner in a competition open to all of Connecticut’s VFW Posts.
She was one of six finalists, the other being Eagle Boy Scouts representing the other 5 Districts.
Her major accomplishment that led to receiving the Gold Award, the most prestigious of all Girl Scout honors, cited her work initiating Mental Health wellness and awareness programs at Brookfield High School as well as Whisconier Middle School and Huckleberry Elementary School. She arranged for Mental Health Professionals and Inspirational speakers who overcame addictions and depression to speak to students.
One mother said Grace’s program saved her son’s life, as he was contemplating suicide.
Collins received a $300 scholarship and her name has been forwarded to the National VFW Headquarters to compete with Scout of the Year recipients from other States. The National Winners will be announced before July 1st.