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June 8, 2013

Local Girl Scouts go for the gold

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — 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.

Falzon worked with the kindergarten class at Deposit Central School and taught them all about music. Falzon said she learned a lot from her project including public speaking, planning and organization and responsibility. She is a senior at Deposit Central School.

Also recognized were several Girl Scouts from the Binghamton area who earned the Silver Award, which is the highest award Girl Scouts in sixth through eighth grades can earn; and many local Girl Scouts earning the Bronze Award.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. To earn the award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project on which she spends at least 20 hours making a positive impact on her community. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.

Local Girl Scouts earning the Bronze Award are as follows:

From Troop 30159: Katie Baker, Brooke Gerace, Tianna Gladstone, Alison Halstead, Jamie Klein, Mara Little, Michelle Ritter and Asia Vandunk of Walton; from Troop 30212: Elise Eldred and Logan O’Brien of McDonough, Brennan Finnegan of Norwich, Emily Barrows, Samantha Binelli, Sarah Camiel, Andrea Dempsey, Kelsey Drewniak, Kathryn Hofmann, Jessie Howe, Cali Norman, Catherine Northup, Jocelyn Ogden and Brooke Rice-Young of Oxford; from troop 30378: Virginia Mullins and Marissa Ramey of McDonough, Cheyanne Albrecht, Katie Becker, Mariah Caezza, Krysta Lestico, Tyler Lindner, Mackenzie Nichols and Katelyn Sisco of Norwich; from Troop 30499: Mara Frisbee, Richelle Gardner, Jessika Mabery and Gabrielle Ryan of Downsville; from Troop 30547: Hayley Richardson of Norwich; and from Troop 30570: Nina D’Amato of Gilbertsville; Hunter Christian, Kathryn Hawkins, Alexandria Miller and Shalleigh Taranto of Mount Upton, and Kelsey Pope of South New Berlin.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Inc. serves nearly 18,000 girls in 26 counties of New York and Pennsylvania. Visit or call the Johnson City Service Center at 724-6572 for more information.