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Girl Scouts seeking 'women of distinction'

TICONDEROGA The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York have extended the deadline for nominations for the 2007 Defy the Ordinary Women of Distinction Awards for the North Country area.

The Girl Scouts encourage individuals, organizations and companies to recognize women who are role models for girls and who have had a significant impact on their families, employers, and communities.

The awards will be presented on Nov. 2 at the Crown Plaza in Lake Placid and will recognize outstanding women from Clinton, Franklin, Essex, and eastern St. Lawrence counties.

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 and 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, overcome 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 the 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. She has spear-headed a project or program to improve quality of life. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with Girl Scouts.

Distinguished Personal Achievement (non-professional, 18 years and up)This category honors a woman who is a risk-taker ina non-traditional wayand has achievedan unconventional or ambitious goal. She is persistent in her efforts, remains focused and accepts challengeswith confidence. This achievement is outside the realm of volunteer activities or career endeavors.

Distinguished Community Leader (age 18 and over) This award will be given to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding contributions over a period of time in her community. She is a role model, community leader, mentor, or has broken new ground. She is an agent for change in a particular area who has made a measurable difference to those around her.

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