These awards come with a box of Girl Scout cookies. 

The Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains selected five Tarrant County residents for the 2023 Women of Distinction Awards. They will be honored May 10 at the Hurst Conference Center.

The 2023 honorees are: 

  • Woman of Distinction: Tamara Albury, principal of Young Women’s Leadership Academy 
  • Outstanding Community Partner: City of Fort Worth Parks & Recreation Department 
  • Lifetime Achievement: Barbara Cutter, Girl Scout alumnus, lifetime member and volunteer 
  • Rising Star: Hannah Bautista-White, Girl Scout Senior, Troop 3900
  • Man Enough to be a Girl Scout: Roy Charles Brooks, Tarrant County commissioner

Becky Burton, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains CEO, praised the five Tarrant County residents as leaders in their community. 

“Bringing together leaders throughout our community and honoring them shows that there is still so much good in this world,” she said.

Hannah, a freshman at Fort Worth ISD’s Southwest High School and the Rising Star recipient, was thankful for the opportunities the Girl Scouts offered her. 

“Girl Scouts has helped me learn a lot about myself and the person I want to be,” Hannah said. 

Albury was speechless when she received her Woman of Distinction award — with two boxes of Thin Mints. 

As a principal of an all girls school, her goal is to build her students into young women who will lead in the future. Her school has partnered with organizations, such as Links Incorporated and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, to give her students a safe environment to grow as women. 

“I’m still in awe and just humbled because this was not something I ever thought I would receive,” Albury said. 

Cutter, a former Girl Scouts Fort Worth Alum Association president, said the program made an impact on her when she joined at age 8.

Now, she is happy to see the program continues to make an impact on girls today. 

“Truly there is a place for every girl and for that I am grateful,” Cutter said. 

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Taylor Coit is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She worked as a reporter and editor for The Shorthorn, UT-Arlington’s student publication...