The Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette (sixth-eighth grade) can earn and requires a minimum of 50 hours to complete.
The Gold Award, open only to Girl Scouts in high school, is the most prestigious and most difficult to earn award for girls in the world and requires a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Six Sandy Run Girl Scouts were recently honored for earning their Silver and Gold Awards.
Nicole Middleton, a 12th-grader at Pennsbury High School, earned her Gold Award by completing a project beautifying the playgrounds at St. Mary Child Development Center. Nicole’s project addressed the lack of outdoor activities available for the children of the St. Mary Child Development Center. Nicole and her team restored the playgrounds and added new activities to engage the children in free play, enhancing their outdoor playtime with new game areas, bike tracks, and a stage.
Kathyrn Myer, a 12th-grader at Pennsbury High School, earned her Gold Award by bringing the community together through art. Kathryn researched, designed, and, with her team, painted a mural at the Lower Makefield Township Community Pool. The mural can be seen on the wall at the lower entrance to the pool and from Edgewood Road. The beautification project was in cooperation with the Lower Makefield Towhship Parks and Recreation Department.
Emma Smirk, a seventh-grader at Pennwood Middle School, earned her Silver Award by sewing hats for premature infants. Emma, who was born 13 weeks prematurely, weighing only one pound, five ounces, wanted to give back to the NICU that cared for her. Emma and her team sewed 200 hats of various sizes for premature infants born at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. She also created a brochure detailing how to sew preemie hats and shared the brochure with local sewing stores and camps. Emma hopes that her project gives parents of preemies hope that their fragile babies will grow up to do amazing things, too.
Alaina Tarallo, a 12th-grader at Pennsbury High School, earned her Gold Award by completing a project focused on providing comfort to cancer and hospice patients at St. Mary Medical Center. Alaina’s goal was to increase the physical and emotional well-being of patients during their stay at the hospital. She and her team sewed 60 C-shaped neck pillows to be used by patients to keep their head and neck in position. Alaina digitized her pattern for the C-shaped neck pillows so that the pattern can be shared electronically with others who endeavor to make such pillows. Additionally, Alaina made 26 fleece tied blankets for patients. In earning her Gold Award, Alaina completed the Trifecta, earning all three of Girl Scout’s highest awards – Bronze, Silver, and Gold!
Sophia Ventresca, an eighth-grader at St. Ignatius of Antioch School, earned her Silver Award with a project benefiting local summer camps. Sophia designed and made decorations for the Vacation Bible School at St. Ignatius Antioch Church. Some of the decorations that Sophia and her team made included a 5’x 4’ foam bookshelf, large rockets, smaller rockets, banners, and robots. The decorations were recycled and reused at other local summer camps. Additionally, Sophia organized and ran a food drive at the camp to restock a local food bank.
Gavriella Weinstein, a ninth-grader at Pennsbury High School, earned her Silver Award by enhancing the learning experience at Abram’s Hebrew Academy. Gavriella and her team built eight six-foot convertible benches for an outdoor classroom. The back-support piece of each bench flips up to create a tabletop surface. Gavriella hopes her project helps bring knowledge and joy to a lot of students at Abram’s Hebrew Academy for years to come.
Congratulations to Nicole, Kathyrn, Emma, Alaina, Sophia, and Gavriella.
The Sandy Run Girl Scout Service Unit and the Yardley community are proud of all you have accomplished!
PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left, Nicole Middleton, Alaina Tarallo, Kathryn Myer, Sophia Ventresca, Gavriella Weinstein, and Emma Smirk (all from Yardley).