92130 residents Kelsey Burgett, Samiya Ijaz and Defne Yilmaz, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest honor, for their outstanding commitment to community service. Just 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this level of recognition.

For her Gold Award project, Kelsey organized a four-day field hockey camp for 25 girls in grades 4 through 9. She played field hockey for five years, including three years on the Canyon Crest Academy varsity team before graduating this year.

Samiya, a 2013 graduate of Pacific Ridge School, developed a Gold Award project designed to help people who are visually impaired. Samiya, who has worn glasses all her life, organized a donation drive to collect eyeglasses for clients of San Diego Lion’s Club, an organization that serves the blind as well as people in need of corrective lenses.

Defne provided year-round live entertainment for residents of Emeritus Senior Living as part of her Gold Award project. A 2013 Torrey Pines High School graduate, Defne has played piano for 10 years at Ayse Underhill’s Del Mar piano studio.

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