Three Triangle Girl Scouts attained the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
▪ Abigail Kalainikas of Holly Springs provided clothes, medical supplies, hygiene items, and books to an Indian reservation in North Dakota.
To solicit donations, she created fliers, went to local businesses, spoke to Girl Scout Troops and talked to elementary schools. Her work resulted in enough donations to fill two storage units.
Abigail is the daughter of Bob and Jennifer Kalainikas and attends Appalachian State University. Abigail was in Girl Scout Troop 1189.
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▪ Alisha Palekar of Cary focused on correcting the myths surrounding sun exposure and the risk of skin cancer.
Alisha created an information brochure and an oral presentation, which included interactive games and facts about the disease.
To maximize exposure for her project and to promote sustainability, she provided brochures to her youth group to be distributed at future summer camps.
Additionally, she put her informational poster on display at her community pool.
Alisha is the daughter of Shashank and Pruthvi Palekar and is a graduate of Panther Creek High School. She was in Girl Scout Troop 1842.
▪ Johanna Schaaper of Durham addressed the issue of the declining pollinator population, focusing on the Monarch butterfly. She set up booths at the South Durham Farmers’ Market and two other environmental festivals and spoke to more than 200 people about the decline of the butterfly population. She also handed out informational fliers and seed packets and plants that help attract the butterflies.
She planted a butterfly garden at The Good Samaritan Inn at The Durham Rescue Mission.
She taught the residents how to care for the garden and also provided a written care guide. Johanna is the daughter of Jane Ellen Simmons and Roel M. Schaaper. She was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1677.