Three Cary Girl Scouts have earned Gold and Silver Awards, the highest honors in Girl Scouting.
Elizabeth Helminski earned her Gold Award for her work to assist special needs orphans in China by collecting donations for supplies and creating a Facebook page to connect orphanages, donors and adoption agencies. Elizabeth is the daughter of Peg and John Helminski and is a senior at Apex High School. She is a member of Troop 278 and is involved in photography club and Academy of Information Technology, and works at Once Upon a Child.
Cherilyn Caggia earned her Gold Award for establishing an inter-school youth council to volunteer at local events hosted by Military Missions in Action, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans with disabilities, members of the Armed Forces and their families. She also collected items to create care packages for homeless veterans in the community and service personnel overseas. Cherilyn is the daughter of Vince and Nancy Caggia and is a senior at Green Hope High School. She is a member of Troop 300 and is active in the Green Hope High School marching band, student council, 4H and the YMCA Y-Guides.
Kayla Reiff earned her Silver Award for collecting donations of toys and creating “sunshine packs” for military children whose parents are receiving treatment at the Fisher House, a local army medical center. These packs contained toys and games to entertain the children. She also stocked the center’s playroom with toys and distributed fliers in her community to educate people on the organization’s mission and to help recruit volunteers and donors. Kayla is the daughter of Karina and Andrew Reiff and a member of Troop 1633. She is active in the National Junior Honor Society, Student Council and Girls in Science.