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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

Devin would most importantly like to thank the employees at the Braille Institute who put in extra hours to help her complete her project, especially Carol Jimenez, Peter Mansinne, Richard Nazataryn and Vivian Green. She would also like to thank her leader Noli Caswell who helped put all the pieces of this project together, and her mother Nancy Niebrugge who gave Devin the confidence and the guts to go all the way. Lastly, Devin would like to thank the kids at Camp Bloomfield for their inspiration.

Denise Pang

Denise refurbished the 37’ x 20’garden at the Union Station Foundation (USF) Family Center in Pasadena as her Gold Project. She solicited 14 local nurseries for donations of plants, soil amendments, and fertilizers. Generous donations, amounting to $450, from Persson’s Nursery and five others were collected. With the help of her volunteers, she pulled out weeds, trimmed trees, tilled soil, propped up plants, and planted donated flowers and vegetables. She accented the garden with her own wheel thrown ceramic pottery. Denise presented the finished garden to the Family Center at a meeting for regular maintenance.

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Denise attends Kent School in Connecticut. She won the Teacher Choice Award in advanced ceramics in the 9th grade. At Kent School she is president of the Kent Daily Update—the main Internet site used by Kent students, co-captain of intramural soccer, a JV squash player, a member of the Math Team, a fashion and sports writer for the Kent News, and a high honor roll student. For the past several years Denise has been volunteering at the USF and the La Cañada Tournament of Roses’ float. She has been listed in the 39th and 40th editions of Who’s Who among American High School Students. Denise plans to pursue a career in business and journalism.

Denise would like to thank Ms. Rochelle Sisco of USF for providing her the opportunity of working there and the support of her donors and volunteers—Tripp Sherrod, Rajan Moonsinghe, and Hilary Polley. The solicitation tips from Mrs. Evie Sherrod helped jump start the project. Her troop leader, Mrs. Susan Ratliff; and previous troop leader, Ms. Ann Mori, deserve special recognition for their tireless effort in their guidance and support throughout her twelve years in Girl Scouts. Lastly, she is thankful for having her mom’s assistance, prodding, and encouragement throughout this project.

Jessica Pih

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