Four area girls earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
▪ Nadia Sheppard of Chapel Hill created a club at Chapel Hill High School that served as a think tank and discussion forum for international education issues.
With the help of Girls Learn International, the club was partnered with a school in northern Pakistan. Nadia collected donated laptop computers which were sent to Pakistan.
Nadia is the daughter of Claudia and Scott Sheppard and a member of Troop 243.
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▪ Emily Vickery of Wake Forest sought to help young single mothers in her community by connecting them with local resources and offering weekly workshops with a variety of healthy living tips.
Emily organized and presented a series of workshops for the residents of Galilee House in Wake Forest. She created a binder of information that included healthy recipes, fitness tips, and community resources which she gave to Galilee House for current and future residents to use.
Emily is the daughter of Joe and Kristin Vickery and was in Girl Scout Troop 894.
▪ Brianne Vasarhelyi of Cary created a database of community service organizations to make it easier and more efficient for churches and service organizations to connect those in need with appropriate services.
She also held a training session on how to use and update the database.
Brianne is the daughter of John and Sharon Vasarhelyi and a member of Girl Scout Troop 1799.
▪ Emilie Vitt of Zebulon partnered with the Wendell Rotary Club to assist with the club’s Library Book Grant project.
Each year, the club provides new books to four local elementary schools and a local charter school in a children’s home. Emilie helped expand this project by organizing volunteers to make audio recordings of the books that were donated.
Emilie recruited volunteers from her Girl Scout troop, schools and community organizations to read aloud and record each book onto a CD. Audio CDs of the books were donated to schools.
Emilie wrote an article about the project for her local newspaper.
Emilie is the daughter of Ann and Jim Vitt and a member of Troop 331.