WCS student achieves top scouting award

WARRENSBURG Last week, town leaders set aside a busy agenda at a board meeting and took time to recognize a local teenager who achieved Girl Scouts top honor, the Gold Award. Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty presented Samantha Morehouse with a plaque commemorating her achievement. Then town board members, joined by the public, responded with a standing ovation. The presentation only took a minute, but the work that lead to the award represented hundreds of hours over several years for Samantha, a graduating Senior at Warrensburg Central School. One of the two main activities that prompted the award was Samanthas planning and execution of a scouting informational event held at the elementary school last year. At this Registration Round Up, Samantha conducted activities and explained to youngsters about what it means to be a Girl Scout, including the community service projects the Girl Scouts typically undertake. Her planning and management of promotion and activities for the event lead to the recruitment of 35 new scouts and two adult leader4s, scout officials said. Also, Samantha has been working as a teachers aide Monday through Friday the entire 2008-2009 school year, in the WCS Kindergarten classroom of Christine Sullivan. Thats not all. Shes spent hours helping younger girl scouts on their projects, collected and organized non-perishables for a food drive, and has headed up an effort to send cards to soldiers serving overseas. In addition, shes spent hours volunteering at Countryside Adult Home, where shes conducted various activities and cared for residents. Samantha is involved in school softball, band and chorus and was captain of the field hockey team. She will be attending Adirondack Community College in the fall to study elementary education. Samantha is a daughter of Tony and Heidi Morehouse of Warrensburg. Samanthas scouting Gold Award prompted a $250 scholarship from the Gerald Solomon Foundation, a congratulatory letter from President George Bush, and a citation from Gov. David Paterson. Tuesday, Samantha reflected on the Gold Award. Its a nice achievement and it took a lot of work, she said. I feel very accomplished at this point, and it makes me feel good.

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