Third-generation Gold Award recipient among Scouts [West Friendship]

Howard County Times

Congratulations to the recent Girl Scouts 2018 Gold Award recipients from our area.

The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. The 19 Howard County Girl Scouts who earned this prestigious award include Tineer Ahmed, Hanna Al-Kowsi, Laura McAllister, Ellie Brown, Sophia Cangialosi, Carolyn Conron, MacKenzie Cook, Sophia Frid, Madeline Holda, Mariah Jordan, Divya Kapoor, Sonya Lefors, Alaina Matthews, Alexandra Pavao, Julia Pomerantz, Madelinn Small, Camryn Stanley, Jillian Stewart and Danielle Watson.

It has been particularly meaningful for the McAllister family to see Laura receive her Gold Award, as her mother Nancy McAllister is a third generation Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient.

“She is the fourth generation to be an active member of Girl Scouts in our family,” said McAllister.

Laura represents a total of close to 100 years in Scouting, beginning with Laura’s great grandmother, who served as a troop leader generations ago.

Laura, a 2018 graduate of River Hill High School, and a soon to be freshman at University of Maryland Baltimore campus, created an informational brochure and a video on the topic of emergency preparedness. A timely project indeed, considering the recent flooding of historic Ellicott City.

She worked in partnership with the Howard County Office of Emergency Management. The purpose of her project was to better educate residential communities about proper preparation for emergency situations.

Congratulation to Melvina and Rochell Brown who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Browns were feted by their five sons, 10 grandchildren and their young great grandchild, along with friends and family who celebrated this golden anniversary with a very special couple who have inspired all in their family.

The Native American celebration known as Pow Wow comes to the Howard County fairgrounds on July 21 and 22, from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festive Parade of Nations is set for noon on July 21. Billed as a festival of Native American dancing, singing, story telling, crafts and food and customs, this event often draws large crowds. For more information on the Pow Wow, call Barry Richardson at 252-532-0821 or email Barry at

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