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6 Wake County girls earn Gold award

Christian Byrnes

Four Wake County girls were awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

Here’s what they did for their Gold Award projects.

• Christian Byrnes of Apex focused on the disposal of electronic waste.

She made presentations at Apex High School and Panther Creek High School in Cary about the need to recycle e-waste rather than having it eventually end up in landfills.

Christian also organized an e-waste drive and collected large amounts of waste to be recycled.

Christian is the daughter of Elena and William Byrnes and is a senior at Apex High School. Christian is in Girl Scout Troop 1842.

•  Emily Bennett Dawkins established a Summer Sunday School program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church. During the program, Emily and the participants made thank you gifts for church staff members and wrote letters to soldiers overseas.

Emily created a video to share her lessons with other churches and blogged about her progress.

Her program generated enough support and participation for her church to implement a future Vacation Bible School.

Emily is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Dawkins. She is a senior at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh and a member of Girl Scout Troop 1781.


Jessica Gray

of Fuquay-Varina developed a day-long seminar for high school students designed to educate and inspire the teens to take on leadership roles in their communities.

She invited local experts to speak to the group about entrepreneurship, business etiquette, resume writing, interview skills and team building.

Jessica also created an instructional video to share with other youth oriented groups, such as the YMCA, to assist their staff in implementing her program.

Jessica is the daughter of Jerry and Miranda Gray and is a graduate of Wake Early College of Health and Sciences. She was in Troop 359.


Mary Glenn Krause

of Raleigh sought to teach children the importance of daily exercise and healthy eating choices.

She created a program called “Getting Jiggy With It,” which uses Irish dance as a way to teach children about exercise and nutrition.

Mary also taught lessons to children at PLM-Families Together in Wake County.

To encourage sustainability of her program, Mary drafted shareable lesson plans and wrote and illustrated the book “If You Give Some Monsters Dance Shoes.”

The book incorporated drawings by the participants in her program.

Mary is the daughter of Ken and Susan Krause. She is a senior at Trinity Academy in Raleigh and a member of Troop 1781.