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Making a Difference: 2 Girl Scouts getting the Gold Award

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Who says teenagers can't make a difference in the world? This is a story of two girls who are doing just that and leaving a legacy along the way.

12 years ago Adrienne Spivey was upset over the fact her grandmother seemed confused. Little did the family know Alzheimer's was settling in. As Adrienne got older she felt the need to encourage her friends to be more understanding, more educated about the early stages of Alzheimer's in loved ones.

"I didn't understand why she was acting the way she was and saying the things she was saying," Adrienne said.

Adrienne produced a homemade video which took months to make. In the video Adrienne offers simple suggestions to children with grandparents on how to make life a bit easier for those trapped in the fog of this dreadful disease.

In one scene Adrienne pours a bowl of cereal showing it's the small kindness that can make a difference in the life of someone struggling with Alzheimer's.

In another scene the 17-year old is standing by placards giving examples of what those battling Alzheimer's struggle with such as forgetting key dates in their lives or favorite recipes.

The video was more than good enough to earn Adrienne the prestigious Gold Award with the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.

"It's a 7-step process and it takes the girls a year to earn it. They have to identify an issue in their community," said Meghan Cochrane, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Director of Public Relations.

"It is such a prestigious award. It's so much more than a gold pin. It's an honor," said Adrienne.

Madison Darling is a Gold Award winner, too.

As a student at Prattville High School Darling organized four clinics to stop cyber-bullying. Darling not only informed classmates about the dangers of bullying but in the process got the bully in question to change his ways and apologize. In fact, Darling's efforts were noted in a letter from the President of the United States.

"It's amazing. I worked 12 years for this. I accomplished more than I could ever imagine," said Madison who is now a freshman at the University of Alabama.

Madison Darling and Adrienne Spivey are two Gold Award winners, two teenagers who proved beyond any doubt you're never too young make a difference.

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