HIGH POINT — A High Point girl has earned the highest award that the Girl Scouts present.

Allyson Mattingly, 18, daughter of Chris and Karen Mattingly and a member of Girl Scout Troop 41120, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for a project trying to find a solution to anxiety and depression among high school students, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont announced in a press release.

The Gold Award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable “Take Action” projects. Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and carrying out her project, which must benefit the community and have long-lasting impact.

Mattingly currently attends N.C. State University, but her project took place while she was attending the N.C. Leadership Academy.

The project started off with research and led to the creation of two boxes, one for her high school and the other for a local therapy office. Each box contained both homemade and store-bought items that help combat anxiety.

She also created brochures for guidance counselors to use to help explain anxiety and depression to both students and their parents. Finally, she created two videos that further explain the purpose of her project and how to make homemade fidgets.