Garden City, NY July 10, 2012 – While some high schools now require a few hours of community service for graduation, none go as far as the Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award. This year Corinne Lettieri and Melissa Suppe of Seaford join the record number of 121 Girl Scouts in Nassau County that have woven a minimum of 80 hours of community service into their busy schedules. These young women developed Gold Award community action projects that address social issues in their community or promote acts of kindness and goodwill throughout Nassau County. Their efforts earned these girls the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor that a young woman can achieve in Girl Scouting.
"We are so proud of all the young women who earned their Girl Scout Gold Award this year,” said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Through their projects, these women have changed the lives of others and improved their communities in significant ways. We couldn’t be happier that 121 girls chose to take this rigorous path towards earning their Gold Award and succeeded in accomplishing their goals.”
Corinne Lettieri’s Gold Award project was focused on sports, both as a pastime and as a career. She taught younger girls about various career opportunities in sports. In addition as part of her workshops, she collected used sports equipment, which were then distributed to children who may not be able to afford the equipment needed to participate in organized sports. Ms. Lettieri graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 2011, where she participated in theater tech, speech and debate, media, and Sacred Heart Academy Morning News clubs. She recently completed her freshman year at St. Bonaventure University.
Melissa Suppe addressed the issue of declining membership in school and community choirs. For her Gold Award project, she educated children about the importance of music in their lives, encouraging them to attend the Summer Musical Workshop in her community. She created an itinerary of daily events and a list of performance guests for the musical director to use for future reference. Ms. Suppe also created an informative brochure about the summer workshop and advertisements to raise awareness of her church’s music ministry and encourage Girl Scouts to join the GSNC chorus. Ms. Suppe graduated from St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in 2011 and was an active member of St. William’s Music Ministry. She is currently a freshman at Marist College studying psychology, elementary special education, and music. She is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts.
On June 12th the Girl Scouts of Nassau County honored Girl Scouts Seniors and Ambassadors between the ages of 15 and 18 at a special ceremony held at Adelphi University in Garden City. In addition to the Girl Scout ceremony, on June 21st, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano will present the girls, along with their Eagle Scout counterparts from Boy Scouts, with certificates for their achievements at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Chamber in Mineola. Town of Hempstead Supervisor also honored Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts on June 3rd in an event at Levy Preserve.
"Girl Scouts Gold Award recipients are ambitious and dedicated individuals with strong time management and organizational skills. They have joined an elite group of American women, who are part of the Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award Alliance," said Ms. Ceravolo.
The Gold Award project helps high school-aged Girl Scouts develop leadership skills and explore various career paths. Overall, the Gold Awards require up to a three-year commitment from each young woman. It affords the teen the opportunity to learn about arts and humanities, cultural and global relations, personal well-being, technology and science, environmental concerns and many of the innumerable issues facing young women and the world today.
Girl Scouts of Nassau County builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting in Nassau County creates an accepting and nurturing environment, which gives girls a chance to build character and develops leadership skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. With almost 21,000 girl and 7,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Nassau County has become the preeminent organization and leading authority for girls. The organization, now in its 100th year, continues to make the world a better place one girl at a time.
For more information on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County call Donna Rivera Downey 516 741-2550 at ext. 260, or visit www.gsnc.org.
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