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Local Girl Scout seeks help finding Gold Award recipients

Ashley Burns. Courtesy photo

Ashley Burns, a Mattituck High School junior, is seeking the public’s help in finding Mattituck alumni who have been recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Ashley, an Ambassador Girl Scout, is currently working toward her own Gold Award, which is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can attain. As part of her final project she will create a plaque and a book to display at the high school to honor all Mattituck graduates who’ve earned the award.

“I chose to do the plaque so that in the future, girls in the school who are in Girl Scouts can continue to add to it,” said Ashley. “It will be everlasting.” The book will contain background information about the recipients, she said.

Ashely, who has been a Scout since she was in kindergarten, recently sat for an interview with Girl Scout officials who approved her project. She is hoping to put it all together and finish by September.

Presently there are 2.7 million Girl Scouts worldwide; the organization was founded in Georgia in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. The Gold Award is open to high school girls who have demonstrated leadership qualities and have completed projects that will impact their communities.

If you or someone you know has received the Gold Award and are a Mattituck alumnae please contact Ashley.

Katharine Schroeder
Katharine is a writer and photographer who has lived on the North Fork for nearly 40 years, except for three-plus years in Hong Kong a decade ago, working for the actor Jackie Chan. She lives in Cutchogue. Email Katharine