Two Wake County girls have attained the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
• For her Gold Award project,Rosemary Barbour
of Raleigh addressed the need for screech owl nesting places and educated the public about the owls and their habitat.
She built nesting boxes and placed them around Harris Lake. She hopes the owls will nest in the boxes and increase their population in that area.
Barbour created brochures that include instructions for building a box, as well as information about why owl habitats are disappearing.
These brochures will be placed in the Harris Lake County Park office.
Rosemary is the daughter of William Stacy and Natalie Barbour and is a senior at Athens Drive High School. She is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1182.
• For her Gold Award project,Alyssa Xouris
of Cary chose to document and preserve the rich history of her faith community, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Raleigh.
The church is fundraising to improve its facilities and build a new sanctuary. Alyssa interviewed parishioners and wrote and published a 60-page book on the church.
It contains three major sections outlining the church’s past, present and future.
Alyssa donated 40 copies of her book to Holy Trinity and sent copies to surrounding Greek Orthodox churches encouraging them to create similar projects.
Alyssa is the daughter of Andia and George Xouris and is a graduate of Green Hope High School in Cary. She was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1761.