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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

She would like to thank her mother, family and friends who have supported her work in scouting. She would like to thank my troop leaders for their dedication and commitment to Girl Scouts and to commend them for their efforts because they inspire young girls to help and serve their communities.

Keely Uhler

For her Gold Award project, Keely refurbished an outdoor basketball court at Camp Max Straus (CMS) in La Crescenta. Camp Max Straus is a summer camp and day program haven for underprivileged and abused children from inner-city L.A. While volunteering there for the past four years, she noticed that the court was very popular, yet in disrepair. First, she cleaned the court and then re-landscaped the area surrounding it. Next, she painted the court bright green and striped it according to regulation. Now, the kids attending camp can more fully enjoy their time on the court.

Keely, as a junior at La Cañada High School, is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society. She has participated in the ASB leadership class for the past three years and is currently serving as a prom commissioner. She has also enjoyed swimming and is on the Varsity swim team. Her Catholic faith plays a significant part in her life. She attends weekly Mass and after being confirmed last year, is now a teen leader for a group of younger teens. Keely works part-time at La Cañada Books and Toys. Her love of children, along with experience in her peer-counseling Bridge class, has led her to consider a career in child psychology, after graduating from a school like USC or Santa Clara University.

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Keely would like to thank everyone who made her project possible, especially her many generous community contributors; Julie Shaull, her motivational Troop 273 leader; Sue Clairday, her wonderful project advisor; her Grandmother, mother and brother, who labored on the project. Most of all, she owes the project’s success to Pat Dunne, her dedicated uncle who lent his time and construction expertise.

Melissa Woodhouse

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