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Local Girl Scouts Earn Highest Awards

CICERO, NY – Local Girl Scouts are among the more than 800 in a 26-county area that have received the prestigious Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards.

The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement girls can earn in Girl Scouting.

This award challenges girls to change the world – or at least their corner of it – and be eligible for college scholarships.

In order to earn the award girls participate in activities of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and spend 80 hours working on a community service project that has a sustainable impact on their communities.

Nine local girls are among those in the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways that have earned the award this year.

Their recognition takes place at the Young Women of Distinction ceremony following the council’s annual meeting on May 30 at Hobart and William Smith colleges in Geneva.

Local girls earning the Gold Award are:

Elizabeth DiGennaro and Courtney Vaughan of Dewitt; Ava Giglio of Manlius; Michelle Huffaker of Phoenix; Marsaili Jane Knapp and Sarah Mandanas of Oswego; Hannah Morris of Cortland; Christiana Sikes of Cicero; and Amanda Van Allen of Central Square.

Girls that have earned the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards will be recognized at a reception on June 7 in Cicero.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award girls in sixth through eighth grades can earn.

Earning the award gives girls the chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their communities.

To earn the award girls participate in activities of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and spend at least 50 hours working on a community service project that provides a positive lasting impact on their community.

Area girls earning the Girl Scout Silver Award this year are:

Kathryn Aumick, Khushi Dave, and Heather Decker of Cortland; Selene Belrad, Meghan Foster, Sierra Harris, Victoria Hyde, and Maddie Rhinehart of Fulton; Sarina Bottone and Hannah DeFeyter of Kirkville; Marissa DiGennaro, Gemya Hill, Molly Kotzin, Grace Vander Molen, and Sarah Pritts of Dewitt; Julia Hamilton, Hollly Hawks, and Meghan McPhee of Fayetteville; Erika Hanson of Hastings; Kaylie Holz, Bryanne Reynolds, Alexa Scalise, Julia Wicks, and Rachel Wittman of Baldwinsville; Callie Humphrey, Emma Jane Reed, Katie Tongue, and Abby Wendler of Manlius; Emily Humphrey of East Syracuse; Ginger Van Allen of Central Square; Kylie Wallace and Shelby Wallace of Oswego; and Allie Yarman of Liverpool.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award girls in fourth and fifth grades can earn.

Girls can work within their troops to earn the award.

As girls earn the award they develop more confidence, meet new people, and have the kind of fun that happens when they work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference.

To earn the award girls also participate in activities of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and spend at least 20 hours working on a community service project that makes a positive impact on their community.

Local Girl Scout troops earning the Bronze Award this year are:

Troop 10026 from Camillus and Syracuse; Troop 10039 from Cicero, North Syracuse, and Mattydale; Troop 10043 from Baldwinsville and Phoenix; Troop 10086 and Troop 10278 of Manlius; Troop 10171, Troop 10264, Troop 10325 and Troop 11025 of Liverpool; Troop 10357 of North Syracuse, Cicero, Clay, and Liverpool; Troop 10401 and Troop 10546 from Syracuse; Troop 10402 from Cicero, North Syracuse, and Clay; Troop 10447 of Camillus; Troop 10470 from Fabius, Jamesville, Pompey, and Syracuse; Troop 10472 from Solvay; Troop 10499 from East Syracuse, Pompey, and Minoa; Troop 10509 from Jamesville and Dewitt; Troop 10529 from Elbridge and Jordan; Troop 10545 from Fabius, Pompey, Jamesville, and Manlius; Troop 10672 of Cicero and Baldwinsville; and Troop 10925 of Fulton, Verona, and Hannible.

Join the adventure, fun and friendship of Girl Scouting.

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 16,500  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.