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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

Annelise is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, where she is ASB Campus Minister. She has played on varsity basketball for two years, and is also a member of the French club, Amnesty International, California Scholarship Federation, and National Honor Society. She sings in the St. Bede the Venerable Church Choir, and likes to knit or draw while listening to music.

“I would like to thank my family for pushing me to complete my project, my friends who helped me many times with the dictionary, and Dr. Tom Keens, because without him, none of my project would have been possible,” says Annelise.

Alana Mailes

For Alana Mailes’ Gold Award project, she created and conducted a choir at the Hathaway-Sycamores Family Resource Center for at-risk children, where she spent three months rehearsing them for a holiday concert in December 2005. For some of the children, it was their first exposure to x singing and performing with a chorus.

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Alana Mailes is a sophomore at La Cañada High School, where she maintains a 4.3 GPA. She has sung with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus since 4th grade. In addition to performing locally and internationally, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus regularly performs with the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and at Disney Hall.

Some of her performances with the Los Angeles Opera have included Turandot, Die Frau Ohn Schatten, and Parsifal. Performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale have included Carmina Burana, El Niño, and Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. This summer, she will tour with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus to Italy to be featured as guest artists in residence at the Tuscany International Choral Festival, and perform at the Vatican. In the future, Alana hopes to sing opera, conduct, or become a writer or a pediatrician. Alana also likes to play piano, swim, and surf, and she enjoys spending time with her golden retriever, Teddy Bear.

Alana wishes to thank Anne Tomlinson, conductor of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, for being her musical mentor and content advisor for her Gold Award project, Ramon Bañuelos of the Hathaway-Sycamores Family Resource Center for his assistance, and her mother, Patti Paniccia Mailes, for being her Gold Award project advisor and rehearsal assistant.

Laura McQuay

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