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On the Bright Side

June 8, 2013

Local Girl Scouts go for the gold

Area Girl Scouts were recently recognized at ceremonies throughout the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways for earning the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards.

According to a media release, the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. In order to earn the award, girls must complete Senior or Ambassador Journeys, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and demonstrate their leadership abilities by spending at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that creates a sustainable impact on her extended community.

Eight NYPENN Girl Scouts earned the Gold Award this year, including Samantha Burns of Sidney; Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross and Katrina Kilmer of Walton; and Jade Falzon of Deposit. These are the projects they completed to receive their awards:

Burns supplied books to children living in poverty. She said hopes her project, “Books for Hope,” will help those children with their education. Books can now be donated and picked up at the Sidney Boys & Girls Club. Burns said she learned a lot while doing her project, like leadership and time management skills. She is completing her freshman year at the State University College at Cortland, where she plans to earn a degree in communications.

Cucciarre-Stuligross worked with students in the local elementary school to teach them about different countries and cultures. She said she wanted to make young students more aware of different cultures to alleviate bullying. Her project included the creation of a “peace pole,” which was put up at the school. Through her project, the Alternatives to Violence advisor will continue to address anti-bullying with the students. A senior at Walton Central School, Cucciarre-Stuligross has applied to Hartwick College or Cornell University to study biology and engineering.

Kilmer made “happy bags,” filled with things for patients in a hospital to do to keep their mind off why they are there. The local 4-H club is going to continue Kilmer’s project. A senior at Walton Central School, Kilmer said she hopes to study criminal justice at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville with the goal of becoming a SWAT team member.

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