COLFAX — Four local Girl Scouts have been awarded academic scholarships for their long-term involvement in Girl Scouting and for earning their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Maris Bey of Yadkinville, Jenna Duncan of Hickory, McKenzie Jones of Denver and Jasmine Scott of Greensboro were each awarded $1,000 from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P).
Bey, daughter of Richard and Cheryl Bey and a member of Troop 40772, worked in partnership with Justice Ministries to raise awareness about human sex trafficking in her community and North Carolina. Her project focused on eliminating stereotypes about the sex industry, preventing future trafficking in North Carolina’s youth and increasing relief efforts for victims.
Duncan, daughter of Christopher and Kimberly Duncan and a member of Troop 10356, focused her project on teen suicide and helping others cope by organizing a Survivors of Suicide Loss event where people could come for support, materials and counseling.
Jones, daughter of Mike and Rebecca Jones and a member of Troop 20958, worked in partnership with Casa Angelina Orphanage in Guatemala to implement a Type 1 diabetic awareness, screening and treatment program in the highlands of Guatemala. Through her initial screening process, she was able to test 478 individuals, including 378 children, and the villages surrounding the orphanage are now more aware of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and how it can be treated.
Scott, a member of Troop 40850, designed and created a sensory trail for the non-profit organization, Horsepower, a facility that provides therapy through assisted horseback riding to children and adults with all types of disabilities. The trail is designed to engage the rider with nature through both their motor and mental skills.
This year, GSCP2P awarded 102 Girl Scout Gold Awards to girls across western and central North Carolina, and all were eligible to win one of the four council scholarships.