FAIRFIELD — Girl Scouts of Maine hosted the 2009 Silver and Gold Award Ceremony at
Kennebec Valley Community College on May 30.

Katelyn Kirk of Leeds received the Girl Scout Gold Award for her community service project titled, “The Benefits of Organ Donation.” Kirk created a week-long program to educate 10th grade students about organ donation so they would be able to make an informed decision about whether or not to become an organ donor.

“I believe that I helped students learn about organ donation, its importance and what benefits others can gain from it,” said Kirk. “If just one student decides to become an organ donor because of this program, they – and I – have potentially helped to benefit numerous lives.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting and focuses on a 14- to 18-year-old Girl Scout’s interests and personal journey through leadership skills, career explorations, self-improvement and community service.

“This annual award ceremony recognizes a girl’s accomplishments and commitment to excellence as she develops the skills and values required to meet the present and future leadership challenges in her life.” said Joan McDonald, Girl Scouts of Maine CEO. “The Gold Award is a national award with national standards, and Girl Scouts of Maine is honored to present the highest award in Girl Scouting to local Girl Scouts on behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA.”

For information on membership, programs and volunteer opportunities, contact Girl Scouts of Maine at 1-888-922-4763 or visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org.

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