Awards presented to many Girl Scouts at recent ceremony

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Girl Scouts of Otahki Council Older Girl Recognition Ceremony, held recently at the Elks Lodge in Cape Girardeau, honored Gold and Silver Award recipients. Former Gold Award recipient and attorney Julie Turner Gibson of Kansas City, Mo., was the guest speaker.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts. The award focuses on the interests and leadership skills, career explorations, self-improvement and service of 14- to 17-year-old Girl Scouts.

The program included a dinner for the graduating senior Girl Scouts and their parents, and resolutions were presented to the award recipients by Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau. Other certificates and letters were given by VFW Post 3838 Ladies Auxiliary, President Bush, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Military Order of the World Wars, and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Seventeen Scouts completed the Gold Award requirements.

Christianna Roche' and Myca Rouse of Jackson Troop 113 conducted a project called "Seniors Helping Seniors" in which the Scouts bought a computer, set up a Web site and taught classes to senior citizens at the Senior Center.

Amber King and Lynn Zoellner of Perryville Troop 124 conducted a PeeWee Camp for the children of the adult leaders at Perryville's Day Camp. Elizabeth Rozier, also of Troop 124, landscaped the flag pole area at her school and installed benches.

Jackson Troop 147 Scouts Briana Gray, Renee Kincade, Hannah Roach, Lauren Schuette and Cassie Simpher led programs discussing the Florida manatee and how the species can be protected.

Perryville Troop 172 Scouts Sarah DeWilde, Janel Koenig, Lisa Lambert, Heide Lappe, Chelsie Pingel and Alicia Zarlingo planned and implemented Perryville's Brownie and Junior Day Camp. Cape Girardeau Troop 335 Scout Katie Karnes worked to make the weeklong Cape Brownie and Junior Day Camp a reality.

The Girl Scout Silver Award recognizes an 11- to 14-year-old Girl Scout's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities as she matures and works to better her life and the lives of others.

Six Scouts completed Silver Award requirements. They were Harley Hamlett and Breonne Johnson of Cape Girardeau Troop 117, Ashley Drum and Lauren Wikel of Jackson Troop 321, and Anastacia Doty and Danielle Swoboda of Cape Girardeau Troop 2023.

Graduating senior Girl Scouts were also recognized. They are Breanna Bright, Courtney Cagle, Hannah Craft, Lacie Ellsworth, Maria Esswein, Kanesha Eurales, Maria Grindstaff, Sarah Hahn, Amber Holcomb, Katie Karnes, Lindsay Kelley, Amber King, Bryanna Knox, Lindsey Mayfield, Nichole Parks, Kailyn Petzoldt, Christianna Roche, Myca Rouse, Elizabeth Rozier, Jessica Stice, Katherine Stause, Kristin Wengert, Jessica Woods, Jessica Zoellner and Lynn Zoellner.

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