Last year this time we were preparing for an unforgettable 7-day trip to Costa Rica with 18 girls and 11 Moms from GSHNJ Troop 66339. As of Tuesday, June 20, 2017, all 18 seniors have graduated from high school.

They hail from 8 different high schools (FHS, Groton(MA), Hun, North Hunterdon, Piscataway, Pingry, Union Catholic and Wilbraham & Monson(MA)) and will be attending 12 different colleges and universities including ( Dickinson(2), Hampton U (2), NCA&T (2), Drew, U of Delaware, Loyola-MD, Montclair St, Morgan St, Northwestern, Rutgers(Camden-1, NB-2, Newark-1), RVCC and West Virginia.

These young women are serious scholars, many graduating with academic honors, and they have so many interests and career goals in the areas of nursing, medicine, forensic pathology, economics, entrepreneurship, international business, Latino Studies, East Asian Studies, engineering,  filmmaking, physical therapy, human development and gender and sexuality studies.

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As highly decorated graduates, they have won scholarships from many schools and organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Franklin Woman’s Club, FHS Band Parent Association, the Ebony Suburbanites Cotillion, The Point Foundation, the FTEA, the Italian America Club, the Reformed Church, Somerset Democratic Party, just to name a few.

They have won leadership awards including 7 Girl Scout Gold Awards, the Wilbraham and Monson – Class of 1898 Award, Pingry Golf Award, Groton Dance Prize, FHS Coaches Award and numerous National Honor Society Memberships.

They include athletes, musicians, thespians, lifeguards and dancers and even a member of the Franklin High School 2017 Girls State Championship Basketball team!

As we unleash them on the world we are so grateful to the many families, friends, and members of our community that have supported them in all their endeavors, bought their cookies, challenged and corrected them and most of all cheered them on. We acknowledge the wonderful opportunities that Girl Scouts has afforded them and the lessons that they have learned.  We are beaming with pride and we expect no less than the best from them as they continue to rise, lift as they climb and remember to  “Make the World a Better Place”.