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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

Diana would like to thank everyone who helped with her project. She greatly appreciates the basketball donations made by the Elftman family and Coach Tamar Hill. She gives special thanks to her dedicated leader, her varsity basketball teammates who helped teach the children of Five Acres, and her supportive parents who were there every step of the way.

Valerie Lew

For her Gold Award Project, Valerie collected over 150 hats and head scarves for cancer patients at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, California. Being the largest bone marrow transplant center in the nation, City of Hope helps many victims of cancer that benefited from Valerie’s hats and head scarves. Valerie not only collected hats but she also taught other Girl Scouts to loom knitted hats. She received help from younger Girl Scouts who decorated head scarves as well.

Valerie is a senior at La Cañada High School. She is an active member in ASB serving as Student Store Manager. And she has been a part of LCHS’ Bridge Peer Counseling class, for the past two years.


Valerie is a participant of National Charity League’s Glendale Chapter. She spends her summers volunteering for Glendale Adventist Hospital and working as a YMCA Camp Fox counselor.

Valerie enjoys reading, baby sitting, traveling, hanging out with friends, and going to the beach.

Next year, Valerie will be attending college and majoring in either education or social work. Valerie is the daughter of William and Joanne Lew. She is in Troop 555 and has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.

Valerie would like to thank her family, her friends, and everyone who helped her earn her Gold Award.

Annelise Lupica

In working with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Annelise has created a dictionary of medical terms with child-friendly definitions. To get these medical terms, she reviewed proposed consent forms with a teen group, searching for hard-to-understand words. With these consent forms, parents alone cannot give consent for the child to receive the treatment; the minor child (from ages 7 to 17) must sign also. She therefore created an 8th-grade-level dictionary to help the minors better understand the treatment they will receive, so that they can give proper consent themselves.

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