Scouts & 4-H

GOLD AWARDS PRESENTED: Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) recognized 62 Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award at a ceremony June 14 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The keynote speaker for the event was Girl Scout alumna and TV news reporter Sara Shookman.

Since 1916, the Gold Award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. The Gold Award project challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need. The plan, called a Gold Award proposal, is submitted to council for approval by a committee of volunteers.

The Gold Award is earned individually and is independent of other awards

Girls must be in grades 9 to 12 to “Go for the Gold”

All projects are approved by a volunteer Gold Award Review Committee

It is a national award with national standards

Congratulations to the following Girl Scouts:

East Region

Julia Fink – Andover

Josie Foster – Ashtabula

Kristyn Wolf – Boardman

Destinie Vitamvas – Conneaut

Laura Garvin – East Palestine

Maura Dixon – Warren

Madeline LaPolla – Warren

Anna McCue – Warren

Olivia Patchen – Warren

Rachel Pinti – Warren

Marisa Pipino – Warren

Lauren Wimer – Warren

Kelsey Merritt – Windsor

Alyssa Wilburn – Youngstown

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio serves 35,000 girls and 14,000 adult volunteer members throughout an 18-county region including Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Scouts & 4-H

SMITH RECEIVES EAGLE AWARD: Zane Alexander Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Smith of Howland, received the Eagle Scout Award at a Court of Honor held June 23 at the Warren Elks Lodge 295.

Smith is a member of Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scout Troop 101 with Jim Potjunas, Scoutmaster. The Eagle Charge and the award were presented by Potjunas, who asked Mrs. Smith to pin the badge on her son’s uniform. A miniature Eagle pin was given to his mother and an Eagle tie tack was presented to his father.

He joined Troop 101 in June 2009. With Troop 101, Smith has held leadership positions of troop historian, chaplains aide, troop webmaster, patrol leader and quartermaster. He earned a total of 26 merit badges and for his Eagle service project he planned and oversaw the construction of an informational kiosk with covered bulletin boards for Willow Park in Cortland.

Letters of congratulations from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and the U.S. Air Force were read by Dr. Ken LaPolla. A reception followed the ceremony at the Elks Lodge.

Smith is a student at Howland High School, where he will be entering his senior year in the fall. Future ambitions are to join the U.S. Air Force and to hopefully get his degree in meteorology.

Troop 101 meets every Monday night at the Elks Lodge, 3851 Youngstown Road, and is open to all boys, ages 11 to 18. For further information, contact Potjunas at 330-219-7352.