Two local young women have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting after spending more than 80 hours working on projects to impact their communities.
In addition, more than 44 younger girls from the area received the prestigious Silver and Bronze Awards for their excellence in the organization.
Sarah Mancuso, of Cherry Valley, and Haley Linkroum, of Deposit, were two of 31 girls in the 26-county region of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways that received the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. In order to earn the award, young women must complete Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys and demonstrate their leadership abilities by working on a Gold Award Take Action project, according to a media release from the organization. The goal of the project is for Girl Scouts to create “a sustainable impact” on their communities. This year, only 31 NYPENN Girl Scouts received the award, according to the release. They will be recognized at a Young Women of Distinction Luncheon in Syracuse on May 3.
For her project, Linkroum, 19, organized a self esteem and anti-bullying workshop for students in grades 7-12 at Deposit Central School. There were four different stations, complete with different bullying scenarios that students may be faced with. She also set up a communication station where students discussed the most effective ways to “talk out” these kinds of incidents. The event was very successful, Linkroum said, and more than 30 students were involved.
“A lot of people really opened up,” Linkroum said. “They came up to me after and said the workshops helped them feel comfortable enough to talk about the topic and more aware of the issue and how to handle it. It felt really good to know that I helped someone.”
Linkroum said she wanted to do the project after seeing other people in her school be badly bullied.