Several Girl Scouts have earned Gold and Silver awards, the highest achievements in Girl Scouting.
Zara Van Hemert of Cary earned her Silver Award for creating a food pantry at Centennial Campus Middle School. She partnered with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to provide food for the weekends to students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 65 students benefit on a monthly basis from the food pantry. Zara also published materials on nutrition and gave a cooking demonstration. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Van Hemert.
Suzanna Mosley earned her Gold Award for educating teens on dating violence. She created an informational brochure that was distributed to middle and high school students. She also hosted an Easter party for children at My Sister’s House, a domestic violence shelter. Suzanna is the daughter of Anne and Michael Mosley and is a junior at Rocky Mount Academy.
Mei Lander of Durham earned her Gold Award for partnering with the Emily K. Center to design a program to help students improve their literacy skills. She held book club meetings with discussions and activities related to assigned readings. She also created a lending library at the facility. She is the daughter of Howard and Susan Lander and is a senior at Cedar Ridge High School.
Kathryn Hayne of Apex earned her Gold Award for educating students and staff at her school on human trafficking. She worked with the Salvation Army’s Project Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking to create a PowerPoint presentation that will be a part of the yearly curriculum at GRACE Christian School. Kathryn is the daughter of Jim and Emily Hayne and is a freshman at N.C. State University.
Sarah Moody of Cary earned her Gold Award for educating parents, young adults and those who work with children about child organ donation. She created a presentation for these groups and provided parents with the resources and information needed to prepare a plan or make a decision if they are ever in a situation where organ donation is an option for their child. Sarah is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Moody and a senior at Cary High School.
Brooke Palmer of Wake Forest earned her Gold Award for encouraging teens to pursue their dreams in performing arts with a YouTube video series where she coached viewers on how to turn their dreams into organized goals. She also held one-on-one workshops, wrote a blog and conducted interviews. The Franklin Academy’s International Thespian Society will continue to use these resources in the future. Brooke is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brook and Faith Palmer and attends the Honors College at East Carolina University.
Christen Rogers of Wake Forest earned her Gold Award for educating her community on pet ownership responsibility by creating informational packets, a website and a video to assist the Franklin County Animal Shelter. She is the daughter of Carolyn and Dave Rogers and attends N. C. State University.