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Six achieve highest award in scouting

CHESTERTOWN They worked and played together over the years, and one night last week, six young women were honored for an exceptional achievement. Achieving the Gold Award in Girl Scouts is similar to reaching Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts and takes time and effort. The last Girl Scout to reach Gold Award status in the North Warren area was in 1998, when one Girl Scout earned it. This year, six girls were awarded the Gold Award. The ceremony on April 24 was to honor Jenn Beckler, Caitlyn Breuer, Sarah Emlaw, Mara Granger, Sarah Hill and Sarah Schloss. That evening graduating Girl Scouts Kelsey Carpenter and LeeAnn Rohm were also recognized. Troop Leader Teresa Breuer said that Girl Scouting in the area is becoming more popular and she hopes to see more Gold Awards. Were hoping to start a new tradition, Breuer said. Gold Award winner Sarah Emlaw said shes been in Girl Scouts for 12 years. This is a huge accomplishment, Emlaw said. For all six of us to make it, its a great accomplishment but its sad to leave Girl Scouts. We graduate tonight. Sarah Hill has a brother who attained Eagle Scout recently. It feels really good that its not only me in the family, but my brother, too, Hill said. I get to pin our parents now, because of all their help. The six put together a day featuring many speakers and workshops to alert other women about how to take care of themselves, featuring self defense, legal options, self awareness and self esteem as their community project. Sarah Schloss said the project was a lot of work. It took a lot of time and effort but we made it fun so it didnt seem so bad, Schloss said. Its kind of amazing that six girls made all the way through Girl Scouts, and even more amazing that we decided to do this together.

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