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Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma to recognize Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners during a ceremony May 5

The Gold Award, given for service on a project that fulfills a need within the community, creates change and is ongoing, is similar to the Boy Scouts' Eagle Scout ranking.
BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN lbrinkman@opubco.com Published: April 29, 2012
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• Amelia Dethloff, a Moore High School senior, did a series of projects with a theme of “Giving Back to Scouts,” including organizing a career fair, putting up flag poles at the John Nichols Scout Ranch, helping Cub Scouts earn their citizenship belt loop, handing out forms for people to become registered voters and teaching people how to handle an American flag properly.

• Sophia Nutt of The Village combined her two passions — dance and working with special needs children — for her project. She wanted to make people aware of how dance could be a form of therapy and created a brochure to mail to dance studios and rehab centers. She also taught classes at Special Care Inc. twice a week and worked with a therapist to verify the improvements she noticed.

• Hannah Pullen, Edmond, worked to combat illiteracy by providing two books for each of the 750 students at Britton Elementary School. To complete her project, she worked with Principal Kim Zachery, the teachers and the J.R. Applegate Nonprofit Corp., along with her family members and friends.

• Megan Reed, Duncan, chose recycling as her project and worked with the Duncan Power Shop for connecting with local businesses.

• Michelle Shepherd's project focused on helping and getting animals adopted to loving families. She worked with the pet shelter Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma (PAWS) to increase collection funds, collect items needed for the shelter and raise awareness.