Garden City, NY July 12, 2012 – While some high schools now require a few hours of community service for graduation, none go as far as the Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award. This year Marilyn Bird, Lynn Meyfohrt, Nicole Milea, Kristin O’Grady, Jenn Proscia, Loren Rodgers and Rachel Trifon of Floral Park join the record number of 121 Girl Scouts in Nassau County that have woven a minimum of 80 hours of community service into their busy schedules. These young women developed Gold Award community action projects that address social issues in their community or promote acts of kindness and goodwill throughout Nassau County. Their efforts earned these girls the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor that a young woman can achieve in Girl Scouting.
"We are so proud of all the young women who earned their Girl Scout Gold Award this year,” said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Through their projects, these women have changed the lives of others and improved their communities in significant ways. We couldn’t be happier that 121 girls chose to take this rigorous path towards earning their Gold Award and succeeded in accomplishing their goals.”
Marilyn Bird created a weeklong summer program that included activities to help girls gain self-confidence, work as a team, and learn anti-bullying techniques for her Gold Award project. She focused on girls, aged 7 to 11, and used arts and crafts to help the girls express their feelings. By the end of the week, the girls learned more about themselves and began to develop an inclusive attitude of tolerance and acceptance of differences. She also created a website that summarized the daily activities and the positive outcomes of the week. Ms. Bird recently graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School, where she participated in the Cosmetology Program and Skills USA. She also volunteered at Ronald McDonald House. She will attend Molloy College in the fall.
Lynn Meyfohrt designed her Gold Award project to help build self-esteem among girls through dance. Working with a group of 8 to 12 year olds, she choreographed and taught them a dance routine. Along with the dancing, the girls learned to get along, make new friends, and build their confidence, as they put on a show for their families and friends at the conclusion of her workshops. Ms. Meyfohrt recently graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School, where she was a member of the volleyball team and the marching band. She is an active member of her church and teaches dance at a local studio. She will attend LIU Post in the fall.
Nicole Milea’s Gold Award project, “Camp Summer Fun,” was designed to encourage younger girls to try new activities and ultimately build their confidence. At her weeklong camp, the girls learned new games, tried different arts and crafts activities, and built their self-esteem, while enjoying themselves in the day camp setting. Ms. Milea recently graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School, where she was a member of the field hockey team and marching band, as well as the National Honor Society and foreign language honor society. She plans to attend SUNY Geneseo in the fall.
Kristin O’Grady and Jenn Proscia teamed up for their Gold Award project, where they sought to increase awareness and the usage of a local park, “Centennial Gardens”. The girls researched the history of the park and created a brochure and a display case so that visitors can fully appreciate the scenic location. They also used their artistic talents to create a map of the park, which featured the key points of interest. The map was enthusiastically received by the community and will continue to be available to park visitors. Ms. O’Grady recently graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School, where she was a member of the cross-country, track & field, and lacrosse teams. She was also the vice-president of National Honor Society, co-captain of the JV dance team and participated in Eucharistic Ministers and Marianist Mentors. She will attend Fordham University. Ms. Proscia also recently graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School, where she was a member of the bowling and varsity volleyball teams. She was alsoin Latin club, an officer of Catholic League, and captain of her travel soccer team. She will major in mathematics in Adelphi’s 5-year Teacher Certification program.
Loren Rodgers’ Gold Award project, “Memories in the Making,” was aimed at helping the residents of a geriatric facility. Since the elderly residents faced both physical and mental challenges, she worked with them to make memory books. Using her artistic skills, she collaborated with the residents to create a scrapbook of family photos and important events in their lives. Since this project was so important to Ms. Rodgers and to the residents and their families, she spoke to other organizations and community groups to encourage them to also get involved. Ms. Rodgers recently graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, where she was a member of the Red kick line team, varsity swim team, Key Club, art program, and National Honor Society. She will attend Manhattan College in the fall.
Rachel Trifon wanted to address the issue of low self-esteem among girls for her Gold Award project. Through dance and various self-awareness activities, she worked to have the 30 girls in her program think more positively about themselves. By recruiting members of her kick line dance team to help her run the workshops, Ms. Trifon was able to provide a week of fun activities and positive messages for the girls. Ms. Trifon recently graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, pride committee and was PTSA liaison. She also participated in dance and soccer. Outside of school, she volunteered as an altar server at her church and studied dance. She will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall.
On June 12th the Girl Scouts of Nassau County honored Girl Scouts Seniors and Ambassadors between the ages of 15 and 18 at a special ceremony held at Adelphi University in Garden City. In addition to the Girl Scout ceremony, on June 21st, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano will present the girls, along with their Eagle Scout counterparts from Boy Scouts, with certificates for their achievements at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Chamber in Mineola. Town of Hempstead Supervisor also honored Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts on June 3rd in an event at Levy Preserve.
"Girl Scouts Gold Award recipients are ambitious and dedicated individuals with strong time management and organizational skills. They have joined an elite group of American women, who are part of the Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award Alliance," said Ms. Ceravolo.
The Gold Award project helps high school-aged Girl Scouts develop leadership skills and explore various career paths. Overall, the Gold Awards require up to a three-year commitment from each young woman. It affords the teen the opportunity to learn about arts and humanities, cultural and global relations, personal well-being, technology and science, environmental concerns and many of the innumerable issues facing young women and the world today.
Girl Scouts of Nassau County builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting in Nassau County creates an accepting and nurturing environment, which gives girls a chance to build character and develops leadership skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. With almost 21,000 girl and 7,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Nassau County has become the preeminent organization and leading authority for girls. The organization, now in its 100th year, continues to make the world a better place one girl at a time.
For more information on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County call Donna Rivera Downey 516 741-2550 at ext. 260, or visit www.gsnc.org.
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