Chapel Hill Scout honored with Gold Award

August 30, 2009 

Marianne Elizabeth Cook of Chapel Hill has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. A young woman who "goes for the Gold" must show outstanding accomplishments in leadership, career planning, personal development and community service.

For her Gold Award project, Marianne built an outdoor art shelter for the Orange United Methodist Preschool in Chapel Hill. The shelter allows children to work on art projects with shelter from the rain and sun.

She is the daughter of Bill and Sharon Cook of Chapel Hill and is a senior at Chapel Hill High School. Marianne has been in Girl Scouts since 1996 and is in Troop 408, led by Sherry Anscher and Emma McAdams.

In addition to Girl Scouting, Marianne is a member of the Chapel Hill High Marching Band and the youth group at Orange United Methodist Church.

Years of Scouting culminate in Eagle

Matthew Joseph Stevens, son of Bob and Ellen Stevens of Raleigh, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Highlights of Matthew's Scouting experience were being a part of Troop 350 at Asbury United Methodist, attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in 2005, hiking the Winter 50 Miler in four days with his father at Uwharrie National Forest, and experiencing 85 miles of high-adventure back country at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico with his dad.

For his Eagle Scout project, Matthew planned and built a trail at New Life Camp in North Raleigh.

Matthew graduated from St. David's School, where he set records in hurdles and played football. He now attends Hampden-Sydney College.

Fellowships to help with dissertation

Crystal Renee Sanders, a Clayton native, has been awarded two national fellowships to help her complete her dissertation.

She received a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, valued at $21,000, and a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education, valued at $25,000. Only 3 percent of applicants received Spencer Fellowships.

Sanders is a fifth-year doctoral student in history at Northwestern University. She is a 2005 cum laude graduate of Duke University and was the valedictorian of the Clayton High School Class of 2001.

She is a daughter of Nathaniel and Vevaline Sanders of Clayton, and the sister of Natalie Sanders, a third-year law student at Harvard Law School.

Two Girl Scouts get Silver Award

Niveditha Palanivel and Elizabeth Anne Kelley, both of Raleigh, have been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

This award symbolizes outstanding accomplishments and a commitment to excellence. It helps girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills and make a commitment to self-improvement.

For their Girl Scout Silver Award project, both girls planned and hosted a special event for Girl Scouts at Camp Mary Atkinson in Selma. Through workshops and activities, the girls prepared 38 Girl Scout Juniors to bridge over and become Girl Scout Cadettes. They also helped girls earn their first interest project patches as Girl Scout Cadettes.

Niveditha is the daughter of Kothai Palanivel and Palani Mohan and attends Enloe High School. She has been a Girl Scout since 2000 and is in Troop 1391, led by Caren Helms and Vivian Denning.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Michael and Karen Kelley, and attends Leesville Road High School. She has been a Girl Scout since 2002 and also is in Troop 1391.

Student of German rewarded with trip

Kyla McConnell, daughter of Blair and Renata McConnell of Chapel Hill, was awarded an all-expense-paid study trip to Germany over the summer.

Kyla was one of more than 25,000 students who competed for the study trip by participating in a nationwide German testing program administered by the American Association of Teachers of German. She was selected as the North Carolina nominee and became one of 39 students in the nation selected to spend 3-1/2 weeks in Germany.

The study trip awards have been made possible annually for more than 40 years by a grant from Germany through its Embassy in Washington.

Kyla is a student of German teacher Marilyn Metzler at Chapel Hill High School.

Durham student earns Eagle

Samuel Wesley Linnartz, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 412, has received the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the son of Elizabeth Byrum Linnartz of Durham and Hans Christian Linnartz of Raleigh.

Only 2 percent of Scouts attain the rank of Eagle, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout must have completed at least 21 merit badges and organized a service project that benefits his church, community or school.

Samuel led a crew that created a new trail in the Hope Creek Preserve behind Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill.

A member of Troop 412 since 2001, Samuel attended Summer Camp at Raven Knob in Mount Airy, and participated in the National Scout Jamboree 2005 at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County, Va. Troop 412 is sponsored by Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in Durham.

A graduate of Jordan High School, he was a member of the National French Honor Society, was the student body parliamentarian, received an AP Scholar Award and was a member and captain of the Jordan Ultimate team.

He is now attending Duke University and is interested in international economic analysis.

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