HARTFORD >> Three local Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award, the highest, most prestigious national honor a Girl Scout can earn.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut presented the awards to 86 Girl Scouts from across the state on June.

The local awardees are sisters Jenelle and Raeven Grant of Milford and Helen Ruckes of Orange.

• Jenelle Grant created an art club, Creative Imaginations, to give students in her high school the ability to take free, fun art lessons. With her club, she and her team provided weekly art lessons in different mediums. At the end of the first semester, each participant’s artwork was showcased at the Milford Art Council.

The club helped students open their minds and create artwork in a judgment-free zone. All of the materials used for the club will be used by two returning members when she graduates.

She plans to enlist in the Air Force, and eventually attend college to study agriculture and engineering.

• Raeven Grant created a project, “Around the World in 30 Minutes.”

It centered on the importance of diversity and tolerance by teaching second-grade students about different cultures and countries through a number of PowerPoint presentations and other activities and games.

She shared her PowerPoint presentations with the elementary school teacher, so the teacher can continue to use them and implement them in the classroom.

• Helen Ruckes created the “Rainbow Cooking Class,” which introduced elementary-aged girls to more healthful food options.

Each week, she and her class prepared food based on the colors of the rainbow. She taught girls recipes that they can prepare on their own or with their families. She created cookbooks for each girl to take home and share with family and friends encouraging them to keep trying new and healthful foods.