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Girls Scouts get Gold

BY MICHELLE MOWAD

Contributor

Two La Jollans were among the more than 50 local Girl Scouts who received the Girl Scouts highest honor on May 30 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

Anafrancesca Comunale and Madison Pelky earned the prestigious Gold Award, given to only 4 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide.

In addition, two Bishop’s School students, Tasha Bock and Emma Duty, and one from La Jolla Country Day, Jennifer Lima, were also honored.

Typically award recipients spend two to three years completing a Gold Award, which includes exploring career interests, colleges, internships and job opportunities. All award recipients plans and executes a major service project in their community.

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“Receiving the Gold Award is the culmination of their Girl Scout leadership experience,” said Solveig Deuprey, president of the board of directors of the local Girl Scout chapter. “The skills gained through Girl Scouting will serve them well throughout their lives.”

Anafrancesca, a member of The Bishop’s School’s Class of 2010, hosted a day-long event to educate 312 area students on the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

Madison taught a hands-on gardening class to elementary school with special needs. She said working with children helped her realize that she can really make a difference in lives of special needs children.

Tasha, of Bishop’s Class of 2010, created a free online magazine called “a la mode” as a resource for young girls to improve their minds, bodies and community. She led focus groups to gather feedback from other girls about what they would like to see in the magazine and held writers workshops for a volunteer editorial staff.

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Emma, who has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, co-directed a week-long day camp for 29 second and third-grade students.

Jennifer Lima, a recent La Jolla Country Day School graduate, coordinated a two-month after-school workshop promoting leadership skills through dance

Paralympian Sarah Reinertsen delivered a keynote address urging the young females to have courage and confidence to succeed in life. Reinertsen, a former Girl Scout herself, is the first female above the knee amputee to complete in an Ironman triathlon.

“I think one of the most important things I learned as a Girl Scout is to give back,” said Reinertsen, who is also the spokeswoman of the Challenged Athletes Foundation in Del Mar.