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Metamora Girl Scout earns highest award


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Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan announced Natalie Shawl of Metamora was among 22 recipients of Girl Scout’s highest honor – The Gold Award. Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

For her project titled, “Diamonds and Dugouts,” Shawl developed softball skills camps for girls in 5th grade and up. She focused on specific skills and techniques that build on the basics.

“The camps were held during the softball season, and some of my participants had not won a game prior to attending the skills camp,” Shawl explained. “After my camp, they won their next game using the skills that they learned!”  Shawl plans to continue holding the camps over the next several years.

“All of our Gold Award recipients are examples of the positive impact Girl Scouts makes on our communities and in the world,” said Denise Dalrymple, GSSEM Chief Executive Officer. “Their projects focus on environmental health, better cultural understanding, improved education and societal concerns, and we can all benefit from their hard work and dedication to earning these awards and making a real difference.”

Well done, Natalie!

GSSEM honored 22 girls with the coveted Gold Award that night along with the 2017 Young Woman of Distinction Award, 158 Silver Award recipients, recipients for the Medal of Honor, Tammie Murray and Jennifer Barnum Spirit Awards, and a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Over the coming weeks, we will feature the exceptional young women who earned Gold Awards at our annual Honor Reception on Sunday, May 7 at the San Marino Club in Troy. We hope you enjoy their stories!