Four Girl Scouts have earned their Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
For her project, Lauren Epstein of Raleigh chose to spread awareness about feral cats and helped the cats by constructing shelters. She worked with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Franklin County to film a public service announcement video about feral cats. She also created an informational brochure about the difference between feral and stray cats and constructed houses out of reused barrels to help shelter feral cats.
Lauren is the daughter of Darren and Lori Epstein and is a freshman at Appalachian State University. She is in Troop 894, was active on the swim team, enjoys art and is on Venture Crew.
Abigail Gargiulo of Garner focused on educating young teenagers on mental health for her project. She created a presentation about mental disorders and how to help those coping with disorders. She gave her presentation at libraries and provided her audience with informational bookmarks that listed mental health hotlines.
Abigail is the daughter of Christopher and Heather Gargiulo and is a freshman at UNC Greensboro. She is in Troop 1289 and is involved in the band (playing flute and piccolo), the marching band-color guard, chorus and theater. She graduated from Enloe Magnet High School in 2016.
For her project, Anneka Kleine of Cary sought to improve the nutrition level of food in community food pantries, working with pantry donors to educate them on how to identify and donate healthier options. She provided materials to be given to food recipients, written in both English and Spanish, including a produce cooking guide, quick nutrition guide and a recipe book.
Anneka is the daughter of Heidi and John Kleine and a senior at Cary Academy. She has been in Girl Scouts since 2005 and is in Troop 1860. She is active in her school’s yearbook, Beta Club, field hockey and the Community Response Team.
Jennifer Savage of Cary sought to assist children with special needs through music therapy at a preschool. She developed activities that would help the children relax, develop confidence, and improve their cognitive or gross motor skills. She created a blog to share her project with others and bring awareness to how music therapy can relieve stress for children with special needs as well as people in general.
Jennifer is the daughter of Edward and Teresa Savage and is a senior at Green Hope High School. She is in Troop 300 and is active in chorus and theater and is a member of her church’s band.