HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- It was a celebration of all things Girl Scouts on Tuesday night at Keifer Auditorium at Hasbrouck Heights High School. Hasbrouck Heights hosted its annual town-wide Bridging ceremony honoring nine troops, a Gold Award recipient, 16 Silver Award recipients, and eight Ambassador Girl Scouts who graduate the program.
The evening opened with the processional of Girl Scouts, the Pledge of Allegiance and the Girl Scout Promise. Mayor Jack DeLorenzo praised the girls and noted he was happy to see the high school Girl Scouts, particularly Alyssa Volpe and Kassie Ketcho, who assisted with the event, saying they were “good role models.”
There was a presentation of special awards to girls who had earned the Gold Award and Silver Awards. Rebecca Kryceski, Troop 606, was honored for earning her Gold Award for her service project “Got Pink?”, to spread the message of breast cancer awareness and offer preventative tips. She distributed flyers, spoke at her church and started a blog to provide the best information from the Internet and books. Her brother Gregg, a germ cell cancer survivor, served as her inspiration. She was introduced by her mother, Bridget, who lauded her as “living proof of courage, confidence, and character.”
Marisa Billings, Kate DeMicco, Sienna Falco, Rachel Fraile, Gabriella Lamantea, Serena Oliveira, Gabriella Playa, Isabela Presti, and Madeline Williamson are members Troop 463. Their Silver project focused on the issues of food insecurity on a national, regional and local level. They established a year-round collection box located in Corpus Christi parish for residents can donate non perishable food items, baby care and personal care items to help replenish the food pantry.
Katie Armonaitis, Elizabeth Connelly, Isabel Lopez are members of Troop 454. For their Silver project, the troop hosted a safety awareness workshop and teddy bear drive. Workshop included experts from water safety, internet safety, environmental safety and stranger safety . The admission to this was to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal. Those collected were donated to Hasbrouck Heights Police Department and Police Chief Colaneri, and will be used for children on police calls to comfort them on various police calls such as car accidents or domestic violence.
Amanda Boscarino, Emily Condon, Olivia Myers, Martina Scarpa are members of Troop 517.
The troop hosted "Tunes for Tots," an arts and music festival in Woodland Park for their Silver project. While there was no cost, the troop asked for a donation of diapers, wipes, or formula for Baby Basics, a community organization that helps low-income mothers in Bergen County. The troop also set up boxes in Corpus Christi for several weeks in the summer to add to the Baby Basics collection.
After the awards, the nine troops bridged up, crossing the bridge that signifying the promotion to a higher rank. Girls received certificates and a flower. The final group was Troop 526, Ambassador Girl Scouts and high school seniors, who crossed the bridge for the final time.
The following is a list of the Troops that bridged up on Tuesday night.
Daisy Troop 6838
Daisy Troop 7507
De Jesus, Ava
Brownie Troop 5999
Brownie Troop 6030
Junior Troop 5550
Cadette Troop 4308
Cadette Troop 4414
Cadette Troop 4745
Ambassador Troop 526
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