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.

Students earn degrees from Hood College

Hood College in Frederick awarded 67 undergraduate degrees and 54 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremony on Jan. 15.

Area residents who earned Bachelor of Arts degrees include: William R. Bush and Christine M. Rayno of Middletown; Emily M. Carey of Myersville; Justyna S. Childress of Adamstown; Cassandra M. DeCair and Matthew R. Elden of Jefferson; and Brittany Rowley of Brunswick.

Tricia M. Manns of Adamstown and Heather M. Whitcomb of Jefferson earned Bachelor of Science degrees.

Aaron M. Chumbris of Middletown earned a Master of Arts degree.

Students earn nursing pins

The Frederick Community College Nursing Program recently pinned 31 students who completed their studies in the fall 2007 semester.

According to a press release from the college, the new graduates earned an associate degree and are now eligible to take the registered nurses licensing exam.

Area residents who earned the pins include Brian Breeden and Megan Hauck Breeden of Brunswick; Jenifer Renee Hipkins of Adamstown; Dedra Ivill of Middletown; and Lara McKnew of Point of Rocks. McKnew was also recognized with the Excellence in Leadership Award that is given to the graduate who most exemplifies strong leadership qualities. The nursing pin is a symbol of having successfully completed a nursing education program and the graduate’s readiness to enter the profession as an educated practitioner, according to the release. For more information, contact Jane Garvin, professor and director of Frederick Community College’s Nursing Education program, 301-846-2525.

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