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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

Inspired by her love of reading, Jessica Pih designed and implemented a program to promote reading enjoyment at the New Horizons Family Center in South Glendale. Jessica devised a weeklong curriculum for four different age groups to help the children with reading. Each day the children read a short children’s book, participated in games, performed in front of a video camera, and completed a writing activity. By the end of the reading clinic, the children were thrilled to be “on television” and were more excited to read than ever!

Currently a sophomore at La Cañada High School, Jessica has been an active member of Girl Scouts since Daisies in kindergarten. In addition to Girl Scouts, Jessica serves on the LCHS ASB as Sophomore Class Treasurer and is a member of the Junior Statesmen of America. Jessica also plays soccer on the LCHS Girls Varsity Soccer team and plays year-round for Crescenta Valley Soccer Club. Academically, Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. She is an active participant in the LA County Mock Trial Program, as well as Bridges. Off campus, she is an active member of her church. In her free time, Jessica enjoys eating, spending time with friends, scrapbooking, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding in the High Sierras. Of course, she also loves reading!

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Jessica wishes to thank her Girl Scout leaders for their encouragement throughout 11 years of girl scouting; her first grade teacher, Mrs. Lantz, for her valuable advice; Rocio Bach and New Horizons Family Center for their support; and her fellow Girl Scouts, Remy, Abby, and Amanda. A special appreciation also goes to Nikki, Katie, Brittany, and Christine, who selflessly gave their time to help the children of New Horizons.

Sarah Ratliff

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