by Nancy Bowman, Dayton Daily News

(excerpt) Elizabeth Okrutny’s Girl Scout project put a new face on her hometown police department’s investigations. Now, it’s putting her face in the national spotlight.

Her project, named “A Thousand Words,” filled the Tipp City Police Department’s need for a computerized composite drawing system. Okrutny spent 85 hours evaluating systems and recommended an affordable program. Then she learned the program, developed training materials and trained Tipp City officers.

Okrutny’s project won her a 2006 scouting Gold Award — the highest a Girl Scout aged 14 to 18 can attain — and helped her become one of 12 girls across the country to win the 2007 Girl Scout National Young Woman of Distinction honor. Read the full story here.