June 20, 2008

Local Girls Receive Highest Scout Award

AUGUSTA - Girl Scouts of Maine hosted the 2008 Girl Scout Silver and Gold Award Ceremony at Jewett Hall Auditorium, University of Maine in Augusta, on June 7.

Local girls who received the Girl Scout Gold Award for their community service projects include Melanie Arsenault of Oxford, Samantha Rivers of Norway and Lacey Coore of South Paris.

"This annual award ceremony recognizes a girl's accomplishments and commitment to excellence as she develops the skills and values required to meet the present and future leadership challenges in her life," said Joan McDonald, Girl Scouts of Maine CEO.

"The Silver and Gold Awards are national awards with national standards, and Girl Scouts of Maine is honored to present the awards to local Girl Scouts on behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA," she said.

For her project, "Pat's Respirators," Arsenault taught respiratory patients at Central Maine Medical Center how to use the harmonica to exercise their lungs.

Rivers project, "Teens in Abusive Relationships," was a high school-based initiative that featured a Sexual Assault Awareness Week and offered guidance for teens in recognizing and avoiding unhealthy relationships.

Coore's "Snack Shack" project included the construction of a snack shack for concessions and equipment storage at the ball field in South Paris. Proceeds from concession sales will help purchase new equipment and maintain the ball fields.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting and focuses on a 14- to 18-year-old Girl Scout's interests and personal journey through leadership skills, career explorations, self-improvement and service.

The New Girl Scout Leadership Experience helps girls to discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place. For information on membership, programs and volunteer opportunities, contact Girl Scouts of Maine at 1-888-922-4763 or visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org.

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