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4 Area Girls Receive GOLD AWARD, the Highest Award in Girl Scouting

4 Area Girls Receive GOLD AWARD, the Highest Award in Girl Scouting

Martinsburg, WV- Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council hosted it's annual "Young Women of Achievement" awards ceremony Sunday, May 18 in Winchester, Virginia. Over 160 girls, proud parents, and families celebrated their success in earning the Gold Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning, and personal development. Each girl must exhibit maturity, willingness to take responsibility, commitment to self, community, the world and the future, and the ability to follow a plan and complete a significant challenge project.
Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council is proud to announce that 4 area girls have earned their Gold Award:
Courtney Bowlus and Deann Diehl - Santa Paws
Courtney and Deann are members of troop 647 from Hagerstown, MD. Working together, their project was created to help animals at the Washington County Humane Society. They collected supplies so that the resident animals would have plenty of food and toys. They helped raise awareness of the animals in need. Courtney and Deann collected items including toys, bones, food, blankets and pillows. They also made stockings for the cats and stuffed fish shaped toys for each of the cat's stockings. They love animals and tried to make Christmas special for the animals at the shelter.
Courtney is the daughter of Sue and Dwayne Bowlus. She has been involved in Girl Scouting for 12 years. She is a junior at North Hagerstown High School. She is a member of the Volleyball and Softball teams. Courtney advises other girls to do the project because you get involved in the community and you set a good example for younger children. She plans to go to Hagerstown Community College or Alabama for radiology.
Deann is the daughter of Denny Doreen Diehl. She has been involved in Girl Scouting for 12 years. She is a junior at Smithsburg High School. She is involved as a class officer, homecoming float committee, prom committee, and orchestra. She is a STARS award recipient and on the Honor Roll. Deann advises other girls to dedicate your time to the project and pick something you are interested in. She would like to go to Penn State and major in animal medicine.
Yelena Dewald - Reaching out to Rural Guatemalans.
Yelena is a member of troop 16 in LaVale, MD. She worked with Hands of Hope International to address the severe lack of affordable, convenient health care and access to educational information regarding healthy living habits in Guatemala. She created a flyer about hand washing that was simple, clear and effective. She also collected toiletries to hand deliver while she was in Guatemala. While in Guatemala Yelena also worked in a Dental clinic. She used her Spanish skills to be a translator in the clinic.
Katherine Ehrlinger - Avalanche Ranch Catholic Vacation Bible School.
Katherine is from Smithsburg, MD. She saw a need in her church community for a bible school because their was none. She organized and ran the Avalanche Ranch Vacation Bible School. She recruited and trained volunteers; planned the program and purchased all the supplies. She hopes to continue the vacation bible school for every summer so that the children of her community have an opportunity to participate in a religious camp over the summer.
About Shawnee Council
Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council, Inc. is one of more than 300 councils that make up Girl Scouts of the USA. The staff, board of directors and volunteers serve girls in 14 counties in four states: Allegany and Washington Counties in Maryland; Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren Counties in Virginia; and Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan Counties in West Virginia. Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council, Inc. is a member of the United Way.

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