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Girl Scouts honored for earning highest awards

GSGWM CEO Patricia Mellor, left, and council board President Tara Pacht, far right, join Lucinda C., Ella Duchette, Julia Hondal, and Kelly Endres at the Young Women of Distinction ceremony held September 11 at Camp Farnsworth in Thetford. Lucinda C. earned Bronze, Duchette and Endres earned Silver, and Hondal is one of the newest Gold Award Girl Scouts (GSGWM photo)

Julia Hondal of Burlington earned Gold Award, Kelly Endres of Shaftsbury earned Silver; Plymouth teen earns Silver Award , Plainfield Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

THETFORD, VT – A group of Girl Scouts were recognized for their outstanding work to make the world a better place by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains at the council’s Young Women of Distinction ceremony on Sept. 11.

Appearing in person for the honors ceremony held by the council serving girls in Vermont and New Hampshire were:

  • Lucinda C., 11, of Plainfield, NH – Bronze Award, for “Bats in the Box,” a project to build bat boxes to reduce mosquitos. Hannah Henderson, 12, of Plainfield, NH, was also recognized for the honor as a teammate on the project but she was not at the ceremony.
  • Ella Duchette, 13, of Plymouth, NH – Silver Award, for “Building Basketball Ballers,” a project to give more children the opportunity to play basketball in a league.
  • Kelly Endres, 15, of Shaftsbury, VT – Silver Award, for “Inspire and Encourage,” a project to fight against bullies and the general insecurities of growing up by putting inspirational signs in the school bathrooms.
  • Julia Hondal, 17, of Burlington, VT – Gold Award, for “We Are the Future,” a project o help high school students navigate the process of applying to colleges and deal with the stress of taking high-level classes.

Girl Scout Juniors in grades 4 and 5 earn the Bronze Award by teaming up with other girls to make a difference in their towns. Girl Scout Cadettes in grades 6-8 earn the Silver Award by researching an issue, making a plan to address it, and then taking action to improve their communities. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors in grades 9-12 earn the Gold Award—the highest award in Girl Scouting—by developing and carrying out lasting solutions to issues in their neighborhoods and beyond. Gold Award Girl Scouts truly are the world changers, rock stars, role models, and real-life heroes we all look up to. Plus, they’re amazing candidates for colleges, scholarships, competitive internship programs, and exciting careers.

Additional Girl Scouts will be honored at a ceremony in Bedford, NH, in November.

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