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Girl Scouts call for mominations in North Country

LAKE PLACID The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York are seeking nominations for the 2007 Defy the Ordinary Women of Distinction Awards for the North County.

The awards will be presented on Nov. 2 at the Crown Plaza in Lake Placid and recognize outstanding women from Clinton, Franklin, Essex, and eastern St. Lawrence County who are role models for girls and other women and have made a difference in their community.

This years awards will recognize women for a variety of accomplishments from career and personal achievements to outstanding community service and dedication to family and the people around them. In addition, an award will be presented to an outstanding young woman under 18 who has made a significant impact in her community.

The award categories include:

Distinguished Junior Trailblazer (age 35 and under): This category honors a woman who has a proven track record of reaching ambitious or unconventional goals demonstrated by upward career mobility, steady growth and leadership skills. She is willing to take risks, inspires and motivates others.

Distinguished Trailblazer (age 36 and over): This category honors a woman who has defied the ordinary in her chosen field, broken glass ceilings, overcame and excelled under extreme challenges; and demonstrated perseverance. She has been in her chosen field for more than five years and has demonstrated steady growth, exhibited leadership and fostered development of others.

Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow (up to age 18): This award will be presented to a young woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and has contributed to her school and community outside of Girl Scouting. She has spear-headed a project or program to improve quality of life.

Distinguished Personal Achievement (non-professional, 18 years and up): This category honors a woman who is a risk taker in the non-traditional way to achieve an unconventional or ambitious goal. She is persistent in her efforts, remains focused and accepts challenges with confidence. This achievement is outside the realm of volunteer activities or career endeavors.

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