Kudos to: Girl Scout alumna Amelia Helland
Accomplishment: The 19-year-old from Granite Bay was an honorable mention for Girl Scouts of the USA's 2013 National Young Women of Distinction award
Details: She was one of five honorable mention recipients. Helland was selected from among hundreds of applicants whose Girl Scout Gold Award projects demonstrated leadership while addressing a national or global issue challenge. The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. Her project for which she received her Gold Award last year was the creation of Aqua Kids Swim Program, which offers Sacramento-area foster children free swimming lessons.
Kudos to: Raley's, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods stores and customers
Accomplishment: Big donations to area food banks
Details: During November and December, thousands of customers bought a "Food for Families Holiday Bag" for $10. The stores matched the donation and together provided $20 worth of food for hungry families. Wherever the donation was made, the food stayed in that community. Since 1986, Food for Families has distributed about 21 million pounds of food.
Kudos to: ValleyCrest Landscape Development, Sacramento
Accomplishment: Won an Environmental Improvement Award
Details: The award from the Professional Landcare Network recognizes ValleyCrest's work at Sacramento International Airport's Terminal B. The award recognizes superior projects that exhibit the use of quality workmanship and materials. The company, working as a subcontractor to Austin-Walsh, used local materials to make a design reflective of Sacramento's farmland and the Sierra foothills.