Local Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Leaders were recognized on Friday for their achievements of excellence for the year.
Junior Girl Scout Aurora Randolph earned the Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. Each Bronze Award winner completes one Girl Scout Journey, identifies a need in a community and takes action by completing a project to aid the community.
Randolph volunteered for three years at Camp New Hope, a local camp that provides happy memories for families with children that have life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Randolph budgeted, shopped for and prepared activity packs with bubbles, coloring sheets, small toys, stickers and Bible card games for all the kids at camp.
She filled 150 Easter baskets with grass and prizes, helped fill more than 1,000 Easter eggs for the egg hunt, helped prepare for the Easter event in various other ways, and also helped with face painting during the event. Additionally, she helps with PR for the camp by telling everyone she meets about what a special place it is.
Camp New Hope is a special place for special people, and they can really use our help—donations, volunteering, giving some toys—small things can make a big difference there! Helping out at the camp makes me feel really good and I think Randy (the director) really appreciates it,” Randolph said.
The top three cookie and fall product sellers were also recognized. The sales help fund local Girl Scout programs, two regional campsites, and local troop camping. Ashe County girls showed a 32.04 percent increase in cookie sales and 55 percent increase in fall product sales this year.
Rebecca Wonsick of Troop 10056 is the top Ashe County cookie seller this year. She sold 475 boxes of cookies. Lessie Hash of Troop 10056 sold the second highest amount of cookies with 350 sold. Addison Dollar of Troop 10336 sold 315 boxes to round out third.
The following girls were recognized for their fall product sales:
Adeline Miller from Troop 10062 came in first with $559 in sales. Skylar Stertzbach from Troop 10307 sold the second highest amount with $464 in sales, and Addison Dollar from Troop 10336 sold $432 in fall products.
Adult leaders were also recognized.
Shining Volunteer Awards were presented to David Blair and Kim Eldreth. The Shining Volunteer Awards recognize registered adults who offer support to troops and have a tie to at least one girl in a troop.
Alberta Swain was recognized with the Volunteer of Excellence Award for two years of outstanding and exceptional service while partnering with girls in any pathway while supporting the Girl Scouts of the United States mission.