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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

For her project, Melissa organized a tennis camp for thirteen under privileged children from the surrounding communities. Melissa led a two-hour clinic for the children each Saturday over a five week time period. Her students learned the fundamentals of tennis play and the rules of the game. As well as teaching the children how to play the sport, she also taught good sportsmanship, leading by example. On the last day of her camp she held an awards ceremony for her students, where they received a canister of balls, their own racket, a visor, a medal, and a picture of the camp. Keeping them active, Melissa also organized for the parents to watch their children’s improvement, while the children played games, and participated in contests.

Melissa is a sophomore at La Cañada High School, where she enjoys the Oxy-Science Bridges program. As the vice president of this group she helps organize and teach elementary aged students science labs. She also participates in French club, Junior Statesmen of America and was captain of the Junior Varsity Tennis team. Passionate about art, she is enrolled in the advanced art program at LCHS. Along with her various school activities, Melissa is an active member in her youth group at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Melissa would like to thank her parents, Girl Scout leaders, Mrs. deBrauwere and Mrs. Gartside, the many people who gave monetary donations, and the volunteers who helped her each Saturday of the camp.

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