An O'Fallon Township High School student has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor the organization offers.
Hannah Pavlisin, a senior, received the honor for her work at St. Louis Children's Hospital. There she designed projects designed to help kids forget about their troubles and fears.
"I've always loved interacting with kids and in college I will be studying nursing," Hannah said. "It seemed like a perfect fit for me and the hard part was narrowing down all my ideas."
Hannah decided on a space-themed renovation for a play area at the hospital. She built a "castle above the clouds" out of cardboard for kids to play in and made a station where kids can make pretend jet packs. She also provided paintings, decorated cupcakes and made arrangements for local firefighters, police, a pilot, a pastry chef, artists and Olympians to come to the hospital to talk to kids.
Hannah is the daughter of James and Pennie Pavlisin. She plans to attend Bradley University in the fall.