Seven Carroll County girls recently earned the Girl Scouts' highest honor, the Gold Award, for outstanding accomplishments in leadership, community service, career planning and personal development.
Senior Girl Scouts working toward the Gold Award must complete five requirements related to the above areas, including spending at least 50 hours planning and implementing a Girl Scout service project that has a positive and lasting effect on the community.
The Carroll recipients are:
Laura Ciborowski: Troop 509. A graduate of Glenelg High School, she did her project on "Bringing Kids Together." She brought children from the church communities of St. Michael's, St. Bernadine's and St. Joseph's Passionist closer together. She created a pen-pal program for the fourth- and fifth-graders and delivered the students' letters. She also organized a picnic so the children could meet each other.
Danielle Cohen: Troop 8645. A junior at South Carroll High, she has received her Bat and Menorah religious Girl Scout awards. Her project focused on providing a fun night for the residents of Lorien Mount Airy, a home for seniors with medical conditions that limit their reading and writing abilities. She and other volunteers held a Lorien Senior Prom for the residents.
Beth Fitzgerald: Troop 112. A 2004 graduate of Westminster High, she taught girls at day camp about Alzheimer's awareness and the needs of nursing homes. She also had girls at the day camp make snow domes for all the rooms in Copper Ridge, a nursing home for people with memory problems.
Diana Hoffman: Troop 1647. A 2004 graduate of North Carroll High, she focused her project on educating people about endangered red and gray wolf species. She created a mobile "suitcase" with games and activities about the wolves, which can be taken to different nature centers. She hopes to have the program circulated around Maryland and surrounding states.
Kelly Naylor: Troop 118. A 2004 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy, she created a "Children's Ecology Day." She taught pupils in kindergarten through third grade about recycling, pet care and rescue, fire safety, water conservation, and forestry. She had the children make edible art, posters, poems and paints on the topics. She also created board games to reinforce their learning and gave every child a pine seedling to plant.
Melanie Passmore: Juliette Troop. A 2004 graduate of North Carroll High, she held "A Day of History" at Camp Hashawha, during which children learned about the American flag and world peace. She had volunteers from the Historical Society of Carroll County and the Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum talk to children about the history of the flag, and Women in Black discuss the importance of world peace. She also took the students on a "peace path" to McDaniel College and City Hall.
Carol Roling: Troop 1375. A junior at Liberty High, she helped the Carroll County Farm Museum by creating a photo album of the facility with pictures from all four seasons. The album gives visitors a look inside the museum and provides wheelchair users a chance to view different areas of the museum. She also created a photo DVD that can be duplicated by the museum.