Kristen Lockmiller, left, discusses her experience as a Girl Scout with local State Senator Chris Widener. This week the senator recognized six recipients of the Girl Scouts of America’s Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Widener asaid the Girl Scouts have, “already proven themselves capable of making positive changes in their communities and I encourage each of them to use the skills acquired during their Girl Scouting experience to address the challenges facing future generations of Ohioans.” The event, hosted by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, also featured keynote speaker Col. Cassie Barlow of Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Barlow spoke about the importance of seizing opportunities and taking on new challenges in life. Widener represents the 10th District in the Ohio Senate. He currently serves as the Senate President Pro Tempore, the upper chamber’s number-two leadership post.