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Scout projects earn awards

Several local girls have earned the Silver Award, the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Here’s what they did for their projects:


▪  AnnaKate Gilchrist of Clayton worked with NC Beautiful, a local landscape company, to embellish the landscape of her grandmother’s church. In addition, she planted diverse types of plants and azaleas on a bed of pine straws.

AnnaKate is the daughter of Tanya and Jamey Gilchrist and has been a Girl Scout since 2006.


▪  Caitlin Allen of Apex created 100 cookbooks for Western Wake Crisis Ministry. The cookbooks include recipes based on vegetables provided to the church by Simple Gifts Community Garden. She was inspired to create her project as an effort to encourage Western Wake Crisis Ministry members to prepare creative meals using vegetables provided by the community garden.

Caitlin is the daughter of Lisa and Everette Allen and has been a Girl Scout since 2006.


▪ Rachel Smallwood and Olivia Warner of Raleigh created an informational program about horse parasites to share with local barns, horse owners and 4-H clubs. Inspired by their love of horses and a working knowledge of the dangers horses face from parasites, the Girl Scouts did extensive research on the issue and prepared a pamphlet and PowerPoint presentation focusing on the types of parasites common in our region and solutions to the growing trend of resistance in horses to medications that treat parasites.

Rachel and Olivia recognized that very few barns and horse owners were aware of this issue and that educating them could save the lives of many horses. They mailed and personally delivered pamphlets to barns throughout Wake County and gave their presentation to a local 4-H club. They hope to continue their project and have considered expanding their work in the future to pursue the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Rachel is the daughter of Steve and Tanya Smallwood. Olivia is the daughter of Angela and Tim Warner.


▪ Natalya Hall and Cheyenne Murphy refurbished and donated three picnic tables to the new playground at Knightdale United Methodist Church, where their troop meets. The girls sanded and painted the tables.

Natalya and Cheyenne also volunteered the day the playground was being built and enlisted other troop members to help paint flower pots to put on the tables.

Natalya is the daughter of David and Liz Hall of Knightdale. Cheyenne is the daughter of Shane and Tarah Murphy of Raleigh.