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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

Amanda’s Gold Award project was titled “If Music Be the Fruit of Literature.” She brought her love of reading and music to the children of New Horizons Family Center, which serves the children of the low-income families of South Glendale. She helped to collect books for the Center’s library and she also ran a weeklong clinic where the children participated in singing, musical games, and a reading/writing activity. The children had the opportunity to try out many types of musical instruments and discuss how music and reading/stories relate to each other. The rest of the week consisted of notes, rhythm, singing technique, dynamics, context, and performance behavior. In a final presentation for the parents, the children sang “Rock-in’ in the boat,” which they had learned and applied their techniques to throughout the course of the week. The children reached Amanda’s goal of understanding that music is for everyone.

Amanda is a sophomore at LCHS and has been an active Girl Scout since Daisies. She loves music, has been playing piano for eight years, and is in Concert Choir at LCHS. Also a sports-lover, Amanda has been on the varsity swim team, JV tennis team, varsity soccer team, and Flyers soccer club. She is a member of Bible Club, French Club, and California Youth and Government. In her free time she likes to, ski, read, sing in the rain, knit, talk, eat, and be happy. She hopes to pursue a career in mathematics or education.

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Amanda would like to thank her fellow Girl Scouts, especially Jess, Remy, and Abby. She would also like to thank her parents and Mrs. deBrauwere for guidance. Special thanks to New Horizons Family Center, Rocio Bach, and all of the volunteers that helped out. Thanks also to Ms. Rios for her help in teaching music and music resources.

Kristene Ghazarian

For her Gold Award project Kristene had the opportunity to teach elementary school age kids how to play soccer in a free public soccer clinic she organized. Not only did she share her experience and love of the sport but she also collected many donations of soccer equipment and uniforms to send over to a school in a rural part of Armenia. This school lacks the sufficient number of jerseys to outfit their entire team. She also collected many recyclables to purchase a complete set of jerseys to allow the students of the school’s soccer program to feel like a real team.

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