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Local Girl Scouts Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Cicero, N.Y. – Nine area Girl Scouts were among the 31 council-wide that earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this year, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

The girls were recognized at a Young Women of Distinction reception on Saturday for their accomplishment.

A special luncheon was held at Onondaga Community College. OCC President Casey Crabill, Ed.D. was the keynote speaker.

To earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, girls must complete Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and demonstrate their leadership abilities by spending at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that creates a sustainable impact on their extended communities. Local girls that earned the award are:

Adrianna Mucedola of Auburn; Emily Ekross, Gwen Parks, and Della Patterson of Baldwinsville; Kaitlyn Crobar and Samantha Stewart of Central Square; Alyssa Macidyn of East Syracuse; Katelyn Clary and Emily Mills of Oswego, and Melissa Wilson of Port Byron.

Mucedola is a 2013 graduate of Dana L. West Jr. Sr. High School. She is currently a freshman at Cayuga Community College studying music production and telecommunications. For her Gold Award Take Action project Mucedola created a book containing the names of those who attended Port Byron High School and went on to serve the country in the armed services, dating back to World War I.

Ekross is a graduate of C.W. Baker High School. For her take action project she aimed to restore pride in the downtown area of her hometown. She restored the historical mural located at the four corners in Baldwinsville. In addition to taking steps to ensure its preservation she also had it added as a stop on the walking tour.

Parks is a graduate of C.W. Baker High School. Her take action project benefitted Camp Abilities, a sports camp for the visually impaired. The camp provides these individuals with opportunities to be physically active. The counselors had to spend much of their time moving equipment used for these activities from place to place. Parks recognized that if they had a central place to store the equipment, more time could be spend working with the students therefore she funded the building of a boathouse/shed and raised awareness of this organization in her community.

Patterson is a 2013 graduate of C.W. Baker High School and is currently a freshman at SUNY Oswego where she is studying English. For her Gold Award Take Action project Patterson worked with local senior centers to plan and implement “senior proms;” dances and sing along for the residents. She brought together younger and older generations and has recruited her school key club to continue the program into the future.

Crobar is a senior at Paul V. Moore High School and plans to attend college and major in pre-law/political science. For her project she built a handicap accessible pathway at Crossroads Park in Central Square. It will provide people with disabilities accessibility to the outlook platform for years to come. Her project has laid the foundation for growth and development for the park.

Stewart is a senior at Paul V. Moore High School. For her project Stewart 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.

Macidyn is a junior at East Syracuse Minoa High School. For her take action project she helped to educate young people on the history and impact of gaming in today’s world. It also showed young people how gaming can be parlayed into a career in art and engineering.

Clary is a senior at Oswego High School and plans to attend St. John Fisher College in the fall where she will major in business administration. For her Gold Award Take Action project she worked with area senior living facilities and ran programs for residents on scrapbooking and card making. She recognized the loneliness that often plague the elderly and helped them connect with distant family and friends.

Mills is a senior at Oswego High School and plans to attend Wells College in the fall. For her project she lead classes on self-defense and safety awareness for children of all ages.

Wilson is a graduate of Port Byron High School and is a freshman at Cayuga Community College studying telecommunications. Her project was creating a website where people can find information about Port Byron’s hometown veterans including name and when they served.

Join the fun and friendship of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Contact the Girl Scouts’ Cicero Service Center at (315) 698-9400, visit www.gsnypenn.org, become a fan at facebook.com/GSNYPENN, follow twitter.com/GSNYPENN and pinterest.com/gsnypenn, or read the blog at www.gsnypenn.wordpress.com for more information.

Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership development program for girls.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. serves more than 17,000  girls in 26 counties of New York and Pennsylvania. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Visit www.gsnypenn.org or call the Cicero Service Center at (315) 698-9400.