‘On My Honor:’ Celebrating Girl Scout Achievement Awards

Reagan Hardy with proud grandma Marianne Hardy

Reagan Hardy with proud grandma Marianne Hardy

The best and brightest of area youth were celebrated at a Girl Scout Recognition Ceremony held at Parkside Auditorium in Westlake last week.

Several troops from the community were honored for distinctive achievements – earning Bronze and Silver Awards – the highest awards possible for their age groups at the April 21 ceremony. Others earned 10-year awards and a Gold Award was earned by Reagan Hardy of Westlake.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Reagan joined the ranks of generations of young woman who have made a difference locally and globally. The culmination of the Girl Scout Gold Award is a project which exemplifies courage, confidence and character.

Reagan’s project was ‘Athletes: Go Green or Go Home where she asked Westlake Rec basketball participants to pledge the use of a reusable water bottle or to recycle during their sports seasons. The premise is that as an athlete, Reagan, a lacrosse player, knows how much water athletes drink. By asking other athletes to also make a change during their season to a reusable water bottle or commit to recycling, it would encourage green-friendly habits that will permeate through lives, families and communities. Reagan decided to pursue the project after seeing fields of empty drink bottles thrown by trash cans at sporting events in Westlake. Reagan is a junior at Magnificat High school and has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten.

Ten Year Award: Honoring girls that have been registered for 10 years as a Girl Scout, Ten Year Awards went to Carolyn Bedell, Alexis Sauer and Holly Tomkalski of Senior Troop 71047 and Elizabeth Templeton of Cadette Troop 70300.

Mimi Verdone, Holly Lane School principal, joins in with former students as Troop 7140 earned its Silver Award.

Mimi Verdone, Holly Lane School principal, joins in with former students as Troop 7140 earned its Silver Award.

Silver Award: The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award for Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) and the second-highest award in girl scouting. Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award shows that you are a leader who is organized, determined and dedicated to improving your community. The Silver Award went to Madeline Boyer, Abigail Dumm, Samantha Chang, Rebecca Monahan, Olivia Clarke, Christie Murphy and Maya Daw of Cadette Troop 71345, Sophia Bell, Jessica Bernath, Sydney Schons and Madeline Stanco of Cadette Troop 77140, and Katherine Guercio, Gayle Petrick and Emily Templeton of Cadette Troop 70300.

Bronze Award: The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout (grades 4-5) can earn, requires her to learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. The Bronze Award went to Rachel Bangham, Avery Junkins, Jillian Burns, Anika Norris, Alyssa Carman, Emma Pollak, Alyssa Cowin, Gabriele Pollak, Samantha Corrigan, Carly Reiss, Alexandra DeSapri, Samantha Wohleber and Shannon Gannon of Junior Troop 70255 and the girls of Junior Troop 70421 (see story here).

Special thanks to McDonald’s, 30100 Detroit Road, Crocker/ Westlake; Dean’s Greenhouse, 3984 Porter Road, Westlake and Giant Eagle, 30275 Detroit Road, Westlake for items donated to support this event.

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