Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Girl Scouts honored with Gold Awards

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Bill Ryan⁄The Gazette
Anastasia Resnik of Frederick and her daughter, Evie, 4, sign the letter ‘‘Y” during the Sign and Dance program at the C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick Friday. The program, offered twice this winter and again later this summer, teaches children and parents basic American Sign Language using stories and music. The class is taught by Kathy Macmillan, a former staff member at the Maryland School for the Deaf’s Columbia campus and at the Eldersburg branch of Carroll County Public Libraries.
Nine area Girl Scouts were recently honored by the Frederick chapter of the International Order of Odd Fellows for earning Scouting’s top award.

On Jan. 5, King David Lodge No. 50 held a banquet at the Golden Corral in Frederick in recognition of the girls earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. The award is the highest achievement for Girl Scouts ages 14 to 18, demonstrating leadership and organizational skills and dedication to the community.

‘‘These girls deserve it,” the fraternal organization’s Noble Grand, Rosy Swain, said. ‘‘They worked so hard and deserve the recognition for all they have done.”

Present for the banquet were three members of Troop 81061 who all live in Frederick: Kaitlyn Gorden, Jennifer Michelli and Colleen Robertson.

For Kaitlyn’s Gold Award project, she collected more than 100 boxes of Christmas presents for troops serving in Iraq. Colleen’s project was related — she helped send more than 100 boxes of sports equipment to troops overseas.

Jennifer was honored for her project which entailed preparing and giving a school presentation on the proper protocols of handling the United States flag.

Linnette Wallace, field director of the Girls Scouts’ Frederick office on Hillcrest Drive, said the evening was special.

‘‘It was good for them to be honored and recognized,” Wallace said. ‘‘We want girls to know that Girl Scouting is fun and doesn’t stop at elementary school ... it is for all girls.”

Also honored at the banquet, but unable to attend were: Frederick’s Amanda Guiseppetti and Melissa Memenza (Troop 81775); Laura Eburg (Troop 81061) and Sara Stockman (Troop 81203); Julia Jones (Troop 81742) of New Market; and Madeleine Wunderlich (Troop 81261) of Hagerstown.

All nine girls received a plaque from the Odd Fellows and an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

‘‘Everybody notes the work of the Boy Scouts, so we thought it was time to honor the Girl Scouts for their highest award,” Lodge No. 50 Vice Grand Donald Rogers said. ‘‘... We wanted to honor these young women who served their community and did a lot of good.”

For more information on Girl Scouting in Frederick, call the local office at 301-662-5106.

FCC honorsnursing graduates

Sixteen Frederick residents were among the honorees as the Frederick Community College Nursing Program awarded pins to students completing their studies this fall.

The nursing pin is a symbol of having successfully completed a nursing education program and readiness to enter the profession. All 31 graduates earned an associate in science degree and are eligible to take the registered nurses licensing exam.

Graduates from Frederick were: Amy K. Andrews, Mollie E. Averill, Louisa Chabala, Andrea B. Craig, Sana Fattah, Christina A. Ferraro, Rocky Dominic Gallamoza, Michelle Hartley, Stephanie Hensley, Ashley Jordan, Tammy Main, Nicki Myers, Judi Norfolk, Sarah B. White, Sarah Wight and Dongmei Xie.

Craig also earned the Frederick Memorial Hospital Board of Directors’ Award for the nursing student with the highest academic average.

Area nativesearn college honors

*Aysha L. Nasir of Frederick was recently named to the dean’s list at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. To earn the honor, Nasir achieved a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

*The Citadel has announced that Bryan E. Crosson of Frederick was is a member of its fall 2007 dean’s list. Crosson is a sophomore Marine ROTC scholarship student majoring in political science at the military college in Charleston, S.C.

A 2006 graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, he is the son of David Crosson and Esperanza Alzona of Frederick.

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