Fairfield Girl Scouts receive highest national honor

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Kiernan Black

Three Fairfield Girl Scouts have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, senior and ambassador Girl Scouts between the nnth and 12th grades spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.

Kiernan Black wrote a children’s book inspired by the work of Margaret Feeney, who founded Feeney Farm, an organization that collects healthy foods for Connecticut families in need. Kiernan’s book about healthy eating was read at schools and at after school programs in Bridgeport. One hundred copies were made of the book and distributed to children who attended a reading and copies remain at a local library. Kiernan is planning a career in broadcast journalism.

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Ann Marie Guzzi

Ann Marie Guzzi created a recycling and sustainability program for elementary and middle school children, integrating the use of arts and crafts. Held at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Fairfield, Ann Marie presented statistics and facts alongside craft projects to help students understand the importance of recycling. Her program is being integrated into the curriculum of existing classes at the club. She plans to study engineering at the collegiate level.

Erin Marie McCurley wanted to introduce children from other countries to American stories they might not have heard at home. She created a theater program and encouraged the children to get up in front of a crowd and perform, as they learned something new about American culture. This theater program will now become a part of the Caroline House’s summer program each year. Erin plans to study elementary education.

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Erin Marie McCurley

Many of the Gold Award recipients attended a ceremony at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford on June 2, receiving certificates from Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as a congratulatory letter from Girl Scouts of Connecticut Chief Executive Officer Mary Barneby. The Gold Award recipients will also receive certificates or letters from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov.Nancy Wyman, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, the Connecticut General Assembly and Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed fraternity.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php.

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