MVHS Student Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

posted Jan 8, 2016, 10:42 AM by Mark MacLean
Elizabeth West, a junior at MVHS, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn and is equivalent to an Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts. Elizabeth has been in Girl Scouts since first grade and is presently an Ambassador with Loudon Troop 12356 run by leaders Cecile Merrill and Lysa Crouch. Mrs. Carol Pike, and Dr. Brian Blake, both Loudon residents, were the Gold Advisors for Elizabeth’s project.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Elizabeth completed a project on sun safety awareness. She contacted nearly 100 superintendents in the state and shared with them a simple and cost effective plan to increase sun safety for students while at school. She met with NH State Senators, US Senators, Governor Maggie Hassan, and Virginia Barry the NH Commissioner of the Department of Education. She contacted over 30 NH newspapers to publish articles that increased the general public’s awareness on Sun Safety. The project took Elizabeth over 130 hours to complete. She was very happy with the results of the project. 

Over 90% of the schools that responded to her survey have plans to implement a safe sun program within the next two years. Congratulations to Elizabeth and the West family!
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