MONTVILLE, NJ – Fifteen Girl Scouts attained their silver awards at a ceremony held Jan. 22 at the Senior House. The girls, from troops 94559 and 94916, carried out projects regarding animals, refugees and recycling – some in teams and some solo.

The silver is the highest award for a Girl Scout Cadet, said Poonam Aier, co-leader of Troop 94559. Each young woman had to complete a multi-step “cadet journey” program, identify an issue they cared about, conceive and develop a “take action” project, create a plan and put it into motion, said Lisa Tubbs, Aier’s co-leader.

“The girls had to demonstrate an understanding of sustainability in their project plan and implementation,” Tubbs said. “Each girl had to document a minimum of 40 hours of activity related to their project, and many completed significantly more than that.”

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The last step was to submit a report to Girl Scout Council Offices for approval, Tubbs said.

Grace Mastrangelo and Maggie Batta’s project was at the Montville animal shelter. They organized donations and made toys and treats for the animals, they said. They also helped out at the craft fairs.

Laura Adrignolo, Claire Grau, Grace Kowalski and Lucia LoPresti worked with the Wild Baby Refuge Center in Blairstown, NJ. They worked on a fundraiser they titled Elves for a Night, which helped them make car magnets for the rescue to act as publicity and encourage donations, they said.

Joleen Amer, Sara LoPresti and Rebekah Mathew hosted a Teddy Bear Tea and used the funds in order to help refugees in need in our community, including collecting supplies for refugees attending a summer camp.

Harisamanvitha Singampalli and Sahana Vaidya worked on recycling, creating posters encouraging shoppers to use reusable bags. They also created a video and a website.

Swara Agarwal worked with Jordan Vielee to create a STEAM-focused (science, technology, engineering, art and math) summer camp targeted to girls K-5th grade.

Madeline Tubbs knitted hats and taught others to knit them for people who have experienced hair loss due to cancer or other illnesses.

Sophia Ferrone created Science Made Fun, an inclusion science class (through Pathways for Exceptional Children) for children with and without disabilities.

“This was a huge accomplishment,” Tubbs said.

Photo: Leaders Poonam Aier and Lisa Tubbs, Swara Agarwal, Maddie Tubbs, Rebekah Mathew, Hari Singampalli, Grace Mastrangelo, Sahana Vaidya, Maggie Batta, Claire Grau, Laura Adrignolo, Leaders Lisa Mastrangelo, Christine Adrignolo, and Lisa Grau. Missing from photo: Joleen Amer, Sophia Ferrone, Grace Kowalski, Lucia LoPresti, Sara LoPresti, and Jordan Vielee.

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