WESTFIELD, NJ — Thirty-two young women from Westfield Girl Scouts Service Unit 52 were recently celebrated at the annual Gold and Silver Awards Recognition Ceremony for successfully completing the requirements to achieve their Gold and Silver Awards.

The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can attain, with the Silver Award preceding in status. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts achieve the Gold Award.

Gold Award recipients include Lleyton Beinhaker, Emily Bergerman, Caroline Bielen, Elizabeth Bielen, Eva Boyes, Hannah Cherry, Lily Condodina and Julia Horne.

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Silver Award recipients include Aylinn Beinhaker, Margaret Danenhauer, Maya Dias, Catherine Durocher, Sayee Edekar, Giuliana Gallo, Isabella Giacobbe, Madison Gordon, Sophia Guerrero, Jane Guglielmo, Alexandra Haar, Caroline Heinze, Olivia Paulino, Sophia Pinto, Carly Rodrigues, Olivia Rosario, Isabella Scipioni, Ashleigh Stewart, Betheny Swartz, Miriam Walsh, Jenna Weinberg, Rebecca Willson, Rachel Witzel and Madison Zemsky.

In order to complete the requirements of both awards, each Girl Scout led a Take Action Project, in which the Girl Scout initiated immediate and durable change to improve their communities.

The Take Action projects for the Gold and Silver Awards required a minimum of 80 and 50 hours, respectively, of commitment. Each award recipient did extensive planning and Gold Award recipients presented their ideas to a council before finalizing their project.

Coordinated by Sandy Ciasco and Lucia Triolo, the ceremony commemorated each Girl Scout’s project and gave each recipient letters and certificates from federal, state, local and community officials.

The 24 Silver Award recipients received pins to commemorate the attainment of their awards, while the eight Gold Award recipients will be officially awarded in a larger ceremony in December.

The award recipients from Girl Scouts Service Unit 52 were originally going to be recognized at an indoor gathering in May, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the ceremony was pushed back until late July.

The Westfield Girl Scouts are currently holding a Daisy Roundup for girls in kindergarten and first grade.

Those with daughters interested in participating can visit https://tinyurl.com/DaisyRoundup2020. Girls in grades 2-12 that are interested in joining the Westfield Girl Scouts can email gshnjwestfield@gmail.com

Shreya Jyotishi is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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