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Four Newtown Girl Scouts Earn Gold Award

Four Newtown Girl Scouts have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts between the grades of 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.

Amylee Anyoha educated Newtown children about the differences and similarities between themselves and children from Nigeria, helping them become global citizens. In addition, books and seeds were collected and sent to Primary School Akowa in Nigeria so students there could start their own garden club. She plans for her project to be continued by the African Aid Association. Amylee plans to study biology on a pre-med track. 

Grace Clark created HEMMA (High school - Elementary Musicianship Mentoring Association), which is a program where volunteer high school musicians provide low-cost private lessons for children in grades K-4. The program provided lessons for more than 100 children. Grace also brought the community together for a recital. HEMMA lessons will resume during the upcoming school year. Grace is planning to study philosophy or psychology in the future. 

Bethany Dubois developed resources for the LGBT community at Newtown High School. She created an interactive website called “Unite The Fight,” featuring blog posts by students, health resources, and original student artwork. An upperclassman in the school’s GSA will take over as managing editor of the website. Bethany will attend Brown University in the fall and study physics.

Paige Fedorchek educated ninth grade students and Girl Scout troops in her town about the importance of a healthy body image. Paige created original lesson plans while also conducting workshops for troops, examining media images and how they impact girls. She is currently working on having her lesson plans implemented in the high school curriculum. Paige plans to study fashion design.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit http://www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php.

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