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Gold Award Girl Scout Cailinn Monahan honored

Cailinn and Tara
Cailinn Monahan receives one of many certificates and official congratulations from Tara Pacht, chairperson of the board of directors for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Monahan, 18, of Strafford, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award this past fall for her project, The Power Within!, which was designed to spread positivity in the world. The presentation was made at the Grange Hall in Strafford on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (GSGWM photo)

Strafford Girl Scout receives accolades for working to make the world a better place

STRAFFORD, NH | Family, friends, and Girl Scout and state officials gathered to honor Gold Award Girl Scout Cailinn Monahan on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Grange Hall in Strafford.

Monahan, 18, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award last fall, completing her project, “The Power Within!” despite a difficult senior year that included a car accident. The project “helped me work through personal problems,” she said at the ceremony, the emotion of the moment clear on her face.

“Motivated” was the one word her mentor, Bonnie-Lee Bousquin, used to describe Cailinn, which was echoed by another friend who spoke. “She inspired me,” said her mother, Dianna Monahan, who spoke of her daughter’s determination to travel to Iceland with a Girl Scout group, and to earn the Gold Award, which is the highest level of achievement at Girl Scout can reach.

Along with a packet of certificates and proclamations from former U.S. presidents, state officials and more presented by Tara Pacht, chairperson of the board of directors of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, she received a state flag flown over the New Hampshire State House from state Rep. Michael Harrington. Also in attendance to congratulate Cailinn was Gold Award Girl Scout Cassandra Levesque, now a state representative herself.

Cailinn exemplifies the Girl Scout DNA and takes the lead as a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, and her Gold Award project will change the world for the better.

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