Local Girl Scouts Earn Top Awards
Jan 04, 2016 02:14PM, Published by Bryan Scott, Categories: Local Life
By Julie Slama
Draper - Several Draper Girl Scouts recently earned the top awards at their level and were honored at the Girl Scouts of Utah awards recognition on Oct. 24.
Girl Scouting’s highest award is the Gold Award and can be earned by a girl in ninth through 12th grade. Nineteen girls across the state earned their Gold Awards. The Silver Award is earned by middle school-age girls and 114 Scouts earned that distinction. The Bronze Award is designed for fourth- and fifth-grade students and 374 girls earned that honor. Each award is based upon leadership, volunteer hours and a project that is sustainable that will improve the girls’ community.
“Girls have hopes, ideas and dreams that when put into action can make an impact on society,” said Girl Scouts of Utah Chief Executive Officer Janet Frasier. “Girl Scouting’s highest awards provide a platform for girls to make a difference.”
Thirteen Draper Girl Scouts earned their Silver Award. Tenth-grader Jacqueline Cockrell’s project was on educating others about food allergies.
“Although earning my Girl Scout Silver Award required a lot of preparation and effort, I am very proud to have earned it because it has provided me with the opportunity to educate others about how to keep those with food allergies safe, which I am very passionate about because I have a life threatening food allergy myself,” Jacqueline said.
Throughout her project, she informed numerous youth as well as teachers and cafeteria workers about allergies by teaching others how to prevent and treat reactions, while teaming up with many food allergy networks and programs.
Eighth-grader Victoria Bromfield paired up with fellow troop member Sophia Goodwin for their project. They realized that many Title I families can’t afford school supplies, so they got donations of school supplies and created supply bags for the preschoolers who attended East Midvale Elementary and distributed them last spring.
“I enjoyed seeing the smiling faces of happy preschoolers I met,” Victoria said. “It was fun helping the community, because I got to meet new people as I worked on my project.”
Other Draper Girl Scouts who earned the Silver Award include Kelly Lopez, who made dolls for children who are undergoing medical procedures; Camryn Crowe, Grace Forbush, Rose Davis and Zoe Wink, who along with their troop, made items for girls with eating disorders; McKenna Sorenson, who helped seniors with housework they aren’t able to do; Kenzie Langlois, Krista Bytendorp, and their troop, who helped United Methodist Church with painting and maintenance work at their camp; Charlotte Jacketta, who spoke with youth about bullying issues; and Madi Michaels, who donated more than 300 books to people in need to support literacy.
Nineteen Draper Girl Scouts earned their Bronze Award. The projects including Scouts helping at the Ronald McDonald House, Cooper Ridge Senior Center, Heart 4 Paws, Utah Humane Society, Primary Children’s Medical Center; living nativity, a neighborhood summer school and others.
The Bronze recipients include Sierra Bieling, Matylda Blasczak, Amelia Chappell, Gracee Day, Elena Drayton, Ella Fankhauser, Adelaide Forbush, Cassie Hess, Kylie Johnson, Alysha Knaphus, Sarah Mathis, Valerie McGeean, Tynli Moore, Camila Reginato, Vivian Schuman, Kate Shreeve, Lexi Spencer, Rachel Sweat and Katelyn Woods