Deltona Girl Scout Deidre “Dee Dee” Jones was recently recognized for her courage, confidence and character in a ceremony at Deltona’s Veterans Memorial Park.

Jones, a member of Troop 1535, received the Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award. She is the first Girl Scout in Deltona to earn a Gold Award, an award that less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn.

She started with the troop as a Daisy in 2008 and has risen to Girl Scout Senior status.

She has helped to bring awareness to Veterans Memorial Park and to pay homage to local veterans. At the Saturday, Jan. 11, ceremony, she presented the park with a bench engraved with the words “Reflect, Relax, Remember.”

Jones got the words from her father, Melvin, a former prisoner of war and a member of the American Legion in Deltona.

Deltona City Commissioner Loren King, commander of American Legion Post 255, presented Dee Dee with a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Heidi K. Herzberg, mayor of Deltona. The proclamation recognizes Dee Dee for her project – “a dedicated bench to the armed forces and veterans at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum.”

In addition to being a Girl Scout, Jones was recently promoted to second lieutenant in Pine Ridge High School’s JROTC program. She has also been a member of the Harris Saxon Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties for 10 years.