Senator Ayotte Presents Worthy Girl Scouts with Silver and Bronze Awards

August 29, 2014

Courtesy Photo  Hudson Girl Scout Troop 10224 from left:  Kayleigh Arnold, Kayli Boucher, Grace Boudreau, Alyssa Boullianne, Gabriela Calderone, Juliana Calderone, Emelia Dickey, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Leah Ferguson, Michelle Kapala, Sinead Macaraeg, Raina Merrow, Alyson Mooers, Morgan Pertowski and McKenzie Lowe.

Courtesy Photo Hudson Girl Scout Troop 10224 from left: Kayleigh Arnold, Kayli Boucher, Grace Boudreau, Alyssa Boullianne, Gabriela Calderone, Juliana Calderone, Emelia Dickey, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Leah Ferguson, Michelle Kapala, Sinead Macaraeg, Raina Merrow, Alyson Mooers, Morgan Pertowski and McKenzie Lowe.

by Laurie Jasper

Hudson’s Girl Scout Troop 10024 gathered for a very special Silver and Bronze Award Ceremony on August 20 in the Aldermen Chambers at City Hall in Manchester.  Senator Kelly Ayotte presented the Girl Scout Bronze Award to the 13 Junior Girl Scouts in the troop and the Girl Scout Silver Award to one Cadette Girl Scout troop member.  Representing the Girls Scouts were Patricia Mellor, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, and Carrie Green, director of Girl Leadership.

Before the ceremony, Senator Ayotte addressed the Girl Scouts, saying she was thrilled to be presenting the Bronze and Silver awards to such a wonderful group and also sharing that she was a Girl Scout.  “You are learning about leadership and friendship, and you should be very proud of your achievement today.  You are our future,” the senator said.  She congratulated the large crowd of parents, family and friends in the audience as well as the troop leaders, and, looking around the room at the girls, she said, “Maybe we have a future president in this room.”

During the awards ceremony, the troop’s co-leader Bob Macaraeg read a brief biography of each scout as Senator Ayotte and Patricia Mellor presented the certificates and pins and co-leaders Sheryl Boullianne and Susan Mooers proudly looked on.  These active, busy girls enjoy activities such as swimming, softball, piano, gymnastics, ice hockey, drawing, basketball and horseback riding and future career goals include engineer, pediatrician, fashion designer, teacher, neurologist, animal trainer and veterinarian.

Receiving the Bronze Award:  Kayleigh Arnold, Kayli Boucher, Grace Boudreau, Alyssa Boullianne, Gabriela Calderone, Juliana Calderone, Emelia Dickey, Leah Ferguson, Michelle Kapala, Sinead Macaraeg, Raina Merrow, Alyson Mooers and Morgan Pertowski.  Receiving the Silver Award:  McKenzie Lowe.

The Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior can earn, demonstrating her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world and becoming the best she can be, and requires 20 hours of work.  The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn, and requirements also help build skills, explore careers and gain leadership experience.  This requires 40 hours of work.  Troop 10224 selected Pets in Need, a small adoption program in Hudson run privately by volunteers to save unwanted and abandoned cats and dogs.  The Girl Scouts collected donations from local merchants to help the shelter and the animals, designed and distributed posters for publicity for the shelter and wrote, produced and starred in a video that will also be used for publicity.  The video has been shown on Hudson Community Television.  For more information on Pets in Need, go to www.animal-adoptions.org.