“It’s painful,” Linkroum said. “I wanted to do something about it.”
Linkroum said being able to help others is her favorite part of Girl Scouts, which she has been involved in for eight years.
Along with her golden pin, Linkroum was given letters from President Barack Obama and state Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton, at an awards ceremony Sunday, congratulating her for all her hard work and service to her community.
“That was an honor,” Linkroum said.
After she graduates from high school in June, Linkroum plans to attend college, she said. An avid field hockey player in Deposit, she said she’s hoping to play the sport at a university next year and is thinking she would like to major in sports management.
Mancuso, a 2013 graduate of Cherry Valley-Springfield School, was the other area Girl Scout to earn the Gold Award. Mancuso created a music camp where she taught children about different instruments and music from around the world, said Judy Gallagher, director of Marketing and Communication for the NYPENN Girl Scouts.
Mancuso is now a freshman at the Crane School of Music at the State University College at Potsdam, where she is studying to become a music teacher.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award Girl Scouts in grades 6 through 8 can earn, according to the release. To earn the award, girls must complete a Girl Scout Cadette Journey, gain leadership experience and spend at least 50 hours working on their projects. Local Girl Scouts who earned the Silver Award are: Abigayle Davidson, Michaela Frank, Kelsey Goetz, and Rebecca Holt of Oneonta; Sheila Frank of Laurens; Shannon Brannigan of Mount Vision; Sierra Musk of Norwich; Nicole Gould, Mary Greene and Courtney Scheffler, of Arkville; and Bianca Molnar of Margaretville.
The Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Junior Girl Scout. To earn the award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to put together a positive project on which they spend at least 20 hours. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.