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Six local teens earn Girl Scout Silver Award for community projects
Girl Scout Silver Award
Girl Scout Troop 11805 gathers to celebrate earning their Silver Awards and the ceremonial bridging to Senior Girl Scouts in high school. Front row, from left, Katrina Walden, Laurel Ross; back row, from left, Mia Tanner, Samantha Schoenfeld, Elisabeth Christina Kearney, Clara Hamilton, Emma Halbrook, Kristine Walden and Lisa Schoenfeld. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Girl Scouting’s highest awards — the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards — are a girl’s chance to make a lasting difference in the world. Local Girl Scout Troop 11805 was honored to present six local teens with the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting for Cadettes in grades 6-8.

The Forsyth County teens were recognized for extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable projects that address important community needs. Those who received the award were: Emma Halbrook of Covenant Christian Academy, Clara Hamilton of Forsyth Central High School, Elisabeth Christina Kearney of West Forsyth High School, Laurel Ross of Forsyth Central High School, Samantha Schoenfeld of Forsyth Central High School and Katrina Walden of Forsyth Central High School.

Through their leadership projects, the girls addressed community needs including caring for foster children, comforting hospital patients with Alzheimer’s disease, assisting victims of human trafficking, encouraging activities for older adults at a senior center and increasing the population of pollinating bees in the county.

“These teens encourage me so much. They are the next generation fueling the leadership pipeline in our community. They continue to impress me with how much they want to make a difference for others and take an active part in leading change,” said Kristine Walden, troop leader.

To earn the Silver Award, each Girl Scout explored community issues, conducted research, chose an issue, met with organizations and advisers, developed and led a self-sustaining project and presented her project to community organizations. The Scouts were required to spend at least 50 hours on each Silver Award project.

Troop 11805 leaders Lisa Schoenfeld and Kristine Walden mentored the Girl Scouts for the Silver Award projects. Additional Girl Scout volunteer advisers for the projects were Carrie Hamilton and Cheryl Kearney. 

Local organizations that supported the Silver Award projects included Northside Hospital Forsyth, The Place of Forsyth County, Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club, ABW MedTrans Solutions, Wellspring Living, Parkway Presbyterian Church, Mattress Safe and the Roswell Senior Center.

Troop members Emma Halbrook, Samantha Schoenfeld and Mia Tanner were also honored for participating in Girls Scouts for 10 years.

For more information about the Girl Scout Silver Award, visit www.girlscoutsatl.org/en/our-program/highest-awards.