SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Springfield resident and Jonathan Dayton High School Senior Sarah Rodrick is on a mission to get young girls healthy. In order to do this, she has held a series of exercise programs.

The programs are part of her drive towards a Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. This past weekend, Rodrick hosted a yoga exercise program at the Chisholm Community Center. For Rodrick, the topic of that particular program was near and dear to her heart.

“The workouts I did at Jonathan Dayton made me really enjoy yoga and helped me relax and clear my mind," Rodrick said. "I wanted to help show young girls that, too.”

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Ginny Colarusso, owner of AMP Yoga in Springfield was the instructor for Rodrick’s program, said “[the program] brings more sense of community to Springfield. Rodrick’s program is called ‘get mobile,’ which gets more children and teens active and mobile.”

Colarusso, who has only known Rodrick for a short period of time, can see she wants to make a difference. “[Rodrick] is a very strong leader and very professional. I think she’s doing an amazing job.”

Rodrick’s journey to the Gold Award started at the age of 8 when she joined the Brownies. She stuck with the organization through the years because, as she said, “I always liked being able to hang out with my friends, and especially when we were younger, my troop leader would always have us do different activities.”

Before the Gold award, Rodrick had to earn Bronze and Silver awards. For Bronze, she quilted a blanket for the homeless and presented leadership skills to younger Girl Scout troops.

For Silver, she and her fellow scouts collected donations for old shirts, made them into dog toys, and then taught the younger troops about animal abuse and how to combat the issue.

Rodrick’s troop leader Cristi Knee said Rodrick’s troop, Troop 40-739, has 10 ambassadors age 17-18 years old, three of whom are going for the Gold award. One girl scout, Caitlynn McTernan, has already presented her project.

For Knee, going for the award is an excellent way for Girl Scouts to show that they have the skills future schools and employers are looking for

"I would highly recommend Girl Scouts to pursue it," Knee said. "Achieving this award tells future college recruiters and future employers that you have the skills to be a leader, possess the ability to problem solve and pitch an idea, project manage, and delegate in order to achieve goals. You achieve an award that not everyone possesses.”

Rodrick expects to receive her Gold award sometime in March.

Additional reporting by Matthew Kass