Two Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Carmen Prestemon of Cary earned her Gold Award for painting 71 “memory boxes” to donate to patients at the UNC-Chapel Hill Children’s Hospital. The boxes can serve as a place for children to keep pictures, toys and other comforting items. They can also be given to family after the death of a child to help preserve the memory and spirit of the child. In addition, Carmen created a program with her high school’s band to entertain patients and their families and make their hospital stay more pleasant. Carmen is the daughter of Jeff and Heidi Prestemon and is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been in Girl Scouts since 2003 and is in Troop 1799. She was involved in the Green Hope High School marching band and the National Honor Society.
Elaine Taylor of Raleigh earned her Gold Award for creating a garden at the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club and educating children on how to grow and harvest their own food. She used her program to teach the children about how eating fresh local produce is key to a healthy lifestyle and beneficial to the environment. Elaine is the daughter of Tom and Melissa Taylor and a junior at Leesville Road High School. She has been in Girl Scouts since 2006 and is in Troop 1387. She is involved in track, DECA and the NRPC Youth Group.