A group of local girls recently earned the highest honor that can be awarded to Junior Girl Scouts for a project that helped to gather food for the needy.

The eight students, who are all students of the Calallen and Tuloso-Midway independent school districts, are members of Girl Scout Troop 9778 in Annaville. They conducted a one-day project earlier this year in order to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award.

In order to earn a bronze award, Junior Girl Scouts are required to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on their community, organizers said.

The eight Girl Scouts held a craft day for girls ages 6-14 and collected cans for the Food Bank.

Malynn Wahlen of Robstown has two daughters who received their bronze awards and said she was excited to have all of the girls reach a goal they worked hard for.

"It was good to see them work together and pull together to make it happen," Wahlen said.

Other girls who earned their bronze award were Hemi Ballinger, Kathryn Flores, Julissa Gay, all of the TMISD, Cydni Cochran, Gabriella Conklin, Alexis Wahlen, Tori Wahlen and Bonnie Sibley, all of the CISD.

Troop 9778 is part of the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, which serves 26 counties, from Victoria to Corpus Christi and Laredo to the Rio Grande Valley.