Seven Cadette Girl Scouts from Modesto recently earned their Silver Awards. This is the highest award a Cadette (middle-school age) Girl Scout can earn. It requires a minimum of 50 hours of work on a project or event that not only addresses a community need but makes a lasting sustainable change.
The Cadettes and their projects:
• Olivia Coyle, Troop 3323, 13, eighth-grader at La Loma Junior High.
• Hannah Scott, Troop 3758, 13, eighth-grader at Savage Middle School.
Olivia and Hannah worked with Ajax United Soccer. They were focusing on encouraging a lifetime love of soccer, activity and proper eating habits with a five-night soccer clinic. They did all the recruiting, planning and advertising, along with creating the soccer and nutrition curriculum. They had 16 Ajax coaches and 23 older Ajax players volunteer their time to help with the more than 200 area youth between the ages of 5-12 who participated.
• Kenna Vandemark, Troop 2225, 13, seventh-grader at Prescott Middle School.
Kenna worked with Jessica’s House in Turlock. Jessica’s House provides grief support for school-age children. Her project focused on “healing through play.” The project raised funds, built an outdoor storage shed and filled it with outdoor play equipment.
• Madison Whisenand, Troop 2225, 13, seventh-grader at Prescott Middle School.
Madi worked with the Center for Human Services’ Hutton House in Modesto. Her project included painting and decorating bedroom walls and building specially decorated memory boards that were placed above each bed.
• Katrina Fitzpatrick, Troop 2225, 14, ninth-grader at Gregori High School.
• Kiana Engel, Troop 2225, 14, eighth-grader at Big Valley Christian School.
Katrina and Kiana worked with the ShadowChase Running Club. Their project focused on runner safety. They created and developed runner safety guidelines and a video that are used by the club for training purposes.
• Emma Bartels, Troop 3323, 13, eighth-grader at Our Lady of Fatima School.
Emma worked with the Children’s Crisis Center. It is a place that provides assistance to kids who are abused, neglected or at risk. The center was relocating one of its facilities. Emma helped get toys, supplies, kids furniture and other items to meet its needs and state requirements. She also painted large two murals for the center’s imagination play area. She was able to collect the items by the putting requests in her school bulletin, asking family and friends for donations.