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Lakeland Teens Enter Scouting's Silver Award-Winning Ranks

Aisha Bhakta, Gina O’Shaughnessy and Kaitlin Byrnes Credits: Pat Byrnes

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-On Saturday, Nov. 18, Girl Scouts of Heart of the Hudson celebrated the success of seven young women, all from the Lakeland Central School District, who earned their Silver Award at a ceremony held at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouting. It represents a girl’s accomplishment within Girl Scouting and her community as she works to improve not only her life, but the lives of all around her.

Girls are asked to contribute 50 or more hours in a Take Action project that will improve some aspect of their community that they feel passionate about or where they feel they can inspire positive change. They are asked to use skills gained over the years, incorporate lessons gained from the journey they completed, and as always, take the Girl Scout Law and Promise to heart.

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The Silver Award Girl Scouts are:

• Emily Attinger, Troop 2011, from Cortlandt Manor; her project was “Sense a Change.”

• Alyssa Brundage, Troop 2011, from Cortlandt Manor; her project was “Sense a Change.”

• Kaili Delacruz, Troop 2011, from Mohegan Lake; her project was “Sense a Change.”

• Julia Prestigiacomo, Troop 2011, from Cortlandt Manor; her project was “Sense a Change.”

• Aisha Bhakta, Troop 2067, from Shrub Oak; her project was “Blythedale Treasure Island.”

• Kaitlin Byrnes, Troop 2067, from Yorktown Heights; her project was “Cakes for a Cause.”

• Gina O’Shaughnessy, Troop 2067, from Peekskill; her project was “Exercise With Me.”

“It’s a very impressive award,” said Patricia Page, interim CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson. “For girls in seventh and eighth grade to take on this level of responsibility and overcome countless obstacles for the simple reward of making the world a better place is always a wonderful reminder of the potential of young people when they’re given voices and the confidence and support they need. This award shows the true meaning of when she’s a Girl Scout, she’s also a G.I.R.L.(Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader).”

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson serves approximately 27,000 girl members and 12,000 adult members, making it the largest Girl Scout council in New York State. It serves girls in seven counties throughout the lower Hudson Valley: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

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