Thursday, May 31, 2012

Girl Scouts Silver and Gold

In Nebraska, York News Times reports that the Girl Scout Gold Award has been achieved by 29 Girl Scouts in Nebraska. On June 2, one of five celebrations will be held at the State Capitol Rotunda in Lincoln.

“To acquire the Gold Award is no small task. It requires a minimum of 80 hours of work in planning and implementing the project,” said Fran Marshall, CEO, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. “More than 2,300 hours of community service have been completed by the 29 Girl Scouts earning their Gold Award this year.”

The range of projects varied from holding welding classes to make fire rings and benches for Crete Day Camp to creating a school garden that will tie in with science curriculum in Lincoln.

In Corpus Christi, TX, The Caller reports that Sarah Gilliam, 14, the troop president; Karlie Wilkinson, 14; Melany Escamilla, 13; and Amanda Moore, 13, are working toward their Silver Award, the second highest honor in Girl Scouts. The Silver Award will put them a step closer to the Gold Award, which is the Girl Scout equivalent of Eagle Scout.

The girls, who all attend Flour Bluff High School, have committed to participating for the next two years in the Texas Sea Grant Program's statewide Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program. The goal is reduce the number of severed limbs, strangulations, drownings, starvations and other woes that befall birds, fishes, dolphins, sea turtles and even cats and dogs that eat or become entangled in fishing line, particularly near coastal communities.

At any given time, turtles, brown pelicans, great blue herons, laughing gulls, other birds and wildlife are recovering from fishing line injuries at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. ARK founder Tony Amos said many of these will die; others are too disabled to ever leave the ARK.

"That's the main reason we're doing this," Sarah said. "We've seen the impact it has on the animals. And plus it just looks bad."

New Jersey's Mahwah Suburban News reports that High School junior Rebecca Damante recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Mahwah Girl Scout Rebecca Damante earned her Gold Award organizing a website of sheet music held by North New Jersey middle school bands so they can share music not in use. Rebecca has been a Girl Scout member of Troop 870 since age 5. She began as a Daisy and then bridged to become a Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior.

For her Gold Award project, Rebecca created a website for orchestra music inventory among middle schools in Northern New Jersey. The site lists all the sheet music each school orchestras had on hand and the contact information for the schools’ music directors.

"An orchestra cannot play all the music in their music library at once," said Rebecca. "So if a school wanted to work on a piece but did not have the funding to purchase the music, they can use my website to see which towns have the music and contact that school’s music director to borrow it."

Rebecca’s website currently has more than 1,000 titles that can be borrowed for full orchestras, string orchestras and chamber ensembles.

At school, Rebecca is a member of the orchestra, select strings ensemble, Chamber Voices, and T-bird Singers. She also participates in the Spanish Honor Society, Peer Advisor program, student council, Future Teachers Club, school newspaper, Principal’s Council and Glamour Gals.

Pennsylvania's South Whitehall Patch reports that Meredith-Ann Beam, 18, has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award. Beam, of Schnecksville, is a member of Girl Scout Troop 63402, which meets at Jordan Lutheran Church, South Whitehall.

The Lehigh County Commissioners recently honored Beam, along with three other Gold Award recipients —Alexis Puzzella, Avani Dalal and Colleen Vandergrift. Chairman Brad Osborne presented them with their Gold Award certificates. Beam's project included crocheting five baby blankets, knitting another five baby blankets, making 40 regular-sized blankets and making 70 bears for children at various local organizations.

“I taught the younger scouts how to knit and crochet the baby blankets and teddy bears for children to cuddle with," she said. "They were given to Bayada Pediatrics, Catholic Charities, Turning Point, Sacred Heart Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital.”

Beam has completed her freshman year at Liberty University. She is studying to become an elementary school teacher.