Gold Award Class of 2014!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

Let’s meet the final five Gold Awardees from the Class of 2014! Congratulations to all the girls who have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting!

Cerina Spofford
cerinaCerina is from Dolgeville and a junior at Dolgeville James A. Green High School. For her Gold Award Take Action project she chose something very  close to her heart. Her twin sister passed away at birth and her parents were given the blanket she was wrapped in to keep. Cerina has found comfort in this blanket her entire life and wanted to give back the same way. She organized girls of all ages – from Daises to Ambassadors – as well as family and friends to create baby blankets for the Albany Medical Center pediatrics unit.

Samantha Stewart
Samantha is from Central Square and a senior at Paul V. Moore High School. For her project she addressed the issue of peer pressure and self-esteem among early middle school age children. She wrote and produced a play about these issues and worked with fifth graders in her school district. She also videotaped the play and has it posted to several internet sites to help others.

Kaitlyn Wahlig
Kaitlyn is from Ulster, PA and a 2013 graduate of Athens Area High School. For her take action project she worked with the children’s room at her local library. She repaired and repainted the walls and drew pictures of characters from children’s books, framed and decorated the room with them.

Melissa Wilson
Melissa WilsonMelissa is from Port Byron and a 2013 graduate of Port Byron High School. She is currently a freshman at Cayuga Community College where she is studying telecommunications. For her project Melissa created a website that anyone can access to find information about Port Byron’s hometown veterans including name and when they served. The Port Byron High School civics class will continue this project.

Rachel Zine
Rachel ZineRachel is from Horseheads and a senior at Horseheads High School. She plans to attend Daemen College in the fall to study physical therapy. For her project she created a garden where she grew vegetables of all kinds to give to the Big Flats Community Food Pantry. Her project is an excellent example of creating an ongoing, sustainable way to help her community. She did not simply collect food, but found a way to continuously provide much needed fresh food for those in need. Others will carry on caring for the garden and donating the vegetables.

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