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Two Girl Scouts earn Gold Award

Alyssa Heinze
Alyssa Heinze

Two Triangle girls attained the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

▪ Alyssa Heinze of Holly Springs worked closely with Harris Lake County Park to develop “Discovery Bags” for visitors to the park to use to enhance their outdoor experience and learn about their surroundings in a fun way.

Each bag contains facts and activities about a specific environmental topic, such as leaves, frogs, and facts about Harris Lake. Alyssa presented the lessons and activities from the bags to several homeschool groups, an elementary school group, and a preschool group to ensure that the lessons would be helpful for students, parents and teachers.

Alyssa is the daughter of Angie and Mark Heinze and is a rising senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Alyssa is in troop 1584.

▪ Joanna McDonald of Cary sought to educate others and address the issue of the environmental pollution that results from transporting food from farm to table.

In a presentation on the issue, she encouraged others to support local farmers and reduce the consequences of food miles by buying local produce whenever possible. Joanna built a garden on the campus of Green Hope High School, which includes a hybrid watering system. To maintain the garden, Joanna started the Green Hope Grower’s Club. The club will donate the produce grown in the garden to charity.

Joanna is the daughter of Althea and James McDonald and is a rising senior at Green Hope High School. Joanna is in Girl Scout Troop 1841.