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Local Girl Scouts Earn Top Awards

Jan 04, 2016 11:58AM ● Published by Julie Slama

By Julie Slama

South Valley - Several South Valley Girl Scouts recently earned the top awards at their level and were honored at the Girl Scouts of Utah awards recognition on Oct. 24.

Girl Scouting’s highest award is the Gold Award and can be earned by a girl in ninth through 12th grade. Nineteen girls across the state earned their Gold Awards. The Silver Award is earned by middle school-age girls and 114 Scouts earned that distinction. The Bronze Award is designed for fourth- and fifth-grade students and 374 girls earned that honor. Each award is based upon leadership, volunteer hours and a project that is sustainable that will improve the girls’ community. 

“Girls have hopes, ideas and dreams that when put into action can make an impact on society,” Girl Scouts of Utah Chief Executive Officer Janet Frasier said. “Girl Scouting’s highest awards provide a platform for girls to make a difference.”

Morgan Barron, of Riverton, earned the Gold Award. Her project addressed the need for sanitary water throughout the world. Morgan engineered a product entitled, “RainCloud” that is inexpensive and simple in design to allow hand washing in areas without water infrastructure. “RainCloud” is made from plastic and is machined to be press fitted into any recycled 2-liter bottle, reusing landfill waste and creating refillable water sources. Her project will be sustained by the American Red Cross. Morgan hopes to develop her device further with organizations like Power 2 Become and Engineers without Borders.

“By completing my Gold Award, I was empowered by my ability to create simple, sustainable solutions to global issues through the engineering process,” she said. “As graduating senior, I am using this passion to direct my future educational and career goals.”

Ten area Girl Scouts earned their Silver Awards. Savannah Stewart and Sarah Young created hygiene kits for foster kids as well as created a cookbook with simple meal tutorials so they could learn to cook for themselves; Audri Dara and her troop made items for girls with eating disorders; Madison Feichter, Madison Richmond and their troop sought donations and made hygiene kits for a youth homeless shelter; Kayla Staley and Camilla Moore created pamphlets for elementary students entering middle school, “Your New Adventure Begins in a Place called ‘Middle School’” to address concerns; Kayla Madsen and her troop made cat toys to help homeless cats have a better life; and Hunter Hovatter and Daisy Schindler cared for injured animals and gathered blankets to provide bedding for them at animal shelters. 

Seventeen Girl Scouts from the area earned their Bronze Awards through projects such as helping at Ronald McDonald House, Utah Humane Society, Copper Ridge Senior Center, Primary Children’s Center, other animal shelters, providing shoes for people in Africa and other items for those in the community and making kits for an arts festival.

The Bronze recipients are Isabelle Alamilla, Breeanna Goodman, Kristina Johnson, Ava Hansen, Esperanza Hauptman, Taylor Knott, Kennadee Law, Kimberly Martinez, Hailee Moore, Sierra Nielsen, Bella Peacock, Kassandra Ramirez, Kylie Sanderson, Liberty Scott, Saige Stuart, Lily Tatro and Ema Ward.   

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