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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

A sophomore at La Cañada High School, Abigail enjoys serving on the Associated Student Body and is a member of National Honor Society and California Scholarship Foundation. Abigail is also a member of National Charity League, where she is currently serving as her grade-level Ticktocker president, and where every year she has earned the organization’s highest award for volunteer hours. A PADI Certified Advanced Open Water scuba diver, Abigail also enjoys shopping and going to the movies with friends. An accomplished pianist, Abigail participates in various piano competitions annually and will complete her Certificate of Merit Advanced Level Ten in piano performance and theory this spring.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is a great accomplishment and Abigail is beyond grateful for the generous support she received from her community, family, and friends. She would especially like to thank Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s, Pepe’s Restaurant, Round Table, Baja Fresh, Printefex, Judy Hauffaker, Rocio Bach, Mitzi Wang, her troop leaders Cindy deBrauwere and Dru Gartside, her volunteers Alex Chang, Lisa Jackson, Regina Saavedra, her fellow scouts Remy, Amanda, Jessica and her parents for their support.

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Joan Chen

In the summer of 2005, Joan traveled to Hsinchu City, Taiwan. She started a nine-day day-camp for 30 Taiwanese children at Hsinchu Presbyterian Bible College. Her goal was to explore beyond the American environment and introduce other people to her own culture. At this camp she taught simple English skills and introduced aspects of American culture to children who knew little of other cultures. Joan collected elementary school level educational materials and art supplies from the La Cañada community. This entire donation was used in teaching the camp, and then donated to the Presbyterian Bible College for future students. Joan also presented slideshows for each of the different topics she taught, such as American holidays and their traditions. They played English vocabulary games, acted out Bible stories in group skits, decorated the room with different holiday themes and practiced conversations in English.

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