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Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scouts Host Bridging, Honor Gold and Silver Recipients

Girl Scouts recite the Girl Scout Promise at the beginning of the Bridging ceremony. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Rebecca Kryceski, Troop 606, was honored for earning her Gold Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Mayor Jack DeLorenzo addressed the Girl Scouts and audience Tuesday night. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Girl Scout Ambassadors and high school seniors took their final walk across the bridge. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Members of Troop 463 were honored for earning their Silver Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Members of Troop 454 were honored to earning their Silver Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Members of Troop 517 were recognized for earning their Silver Award. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Troop 6838 bridged from Daisies to Brownies. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Troop 7507 bridge from Daisies to Brownies. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Troop 5999 bridged from Brownies to Juniors. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Troop 6030 bridged from Brownies to Juniors. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Troop 5550 bridged from Juniors to Cadettes. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Troops 4308 and 4414 bridge from Cadettes to Seniors. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Members of Troop 4745 bridged from Cadettes to Seniors. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

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.”

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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

Ava Armijos
Julianna Cangialose
Mackenzie Collins
Madison DeSessa
Kaitlyn Kloza
Samantha Kyritz
Ashley Mackay
Marlo Magarelli
Gabriella Malleo
Olivia Marchese
Cameron Perez
Mikayla Quattrocchi
Olivia Scott
Alexia Sery
Genevieve Tomic

Daisy Troop 7507

Beattie, Abigael
Britton, Chloe
Cappello, Angelina
Cappello, Carly
D'Amico, Gabriella
De Jesus, Ava
Hassan, Emily
McGill, Macy
Riccobono, Daniela
Shine, Ashley
Vallone, Emma
Vitale, Ella

Brownie Troop 5999

Ava Baker
Julene Garcia
Evelette Broncano
Graciella Hernandez
Maddy Connelly
Cayleigh Bischoff
Jenna Korteling
Jessica Calbi
Charlize Robayo
Stellina Hyland
Amanda Gonzalez
Chloe Palka
Kiyora Torres
Isabel Pajooh
Zoe Selenfriend

Brownie Troop 6030    

Morgan Murray
Gina Minichiello
Jenna Guido
Abigail Krommenhoek
Alivia Mazza
Sofia Monchino
Vanessa Vitelli

Junior Troop 5550

Mackenzie Bua
Lily Brown
Anna Casale
Sarah Cunningham
Taylor Daves
Emely Moreno
Victoria Daddario
Sydney Davis
Keira DeMicco
Sienna Garcia
Elina Gjeli
Julianna Lohrmann
Victoria Morales
Ally Monchino
Emily Oettinger
Addison Passarella
Jadelyn Sisco
Paige Sonzogni
Emma Turkowsky
Mae Veliky

Cadette Troop 4308

Alexis Mason
Devon Sonzogni
Isabella Drezek
Heather Cali

Cadette Troop 4414

Chiara Alvarez
Denise Baquiran
Julienne Quintos

Cadette Troop 4745

Elsa Cascone
Emily Cosgrove
Francesca D’Amico
Jessica Kielur
Maria Mendoza
Melanie Morena
Isabella Oliveira
Kayla Rubino

Ambassador Troop 526

Sara Herron
Kassie Ketcho
Emma Nichols
Alyssa Volpe
Alexis Putkisto
Gillian Calbi
Tiffany Temes
Emily Gaige


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