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Scouting news

September 11, 2005

Kristin Dougher, of Middletown, Md., has earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Dougher is a member of Senior Girl Scout Troop 1105 in the Hi Lo Neighborhood of Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council.

To earn her Gold Award, Kristin arranged for a group of students from St. Maria Goretti High School to go to David, Kentucky on a mission trip. They went to assist St. Vincent's mission to repair local homes and tutor children. While they were there, the group cleaned out a garage, built a deck, rebuilt a floor, installed insulation, cleaned the mission and tutored a kindergarten class.

Dougher says this about what she learned: "Everyone has always said how one small action can make such a huge difference, and I really was able to see that with this project. I learned from this project how much (of) what I do affects others."

Kristin, the daughter of David and Cheryl Dougher, attends St. Maria Goretti High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Music Honor Society, and the Thespian troupe. She has also served as the sophomore class treasurer, Student Council secretary, and Music Honor Society president.

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She plans to attend Elizabethtown College, majoring in business with a concentration on marketing. She is hoping to go into advertising in the future.

Receiving a Gold Award has many benefits, including recognition from the White House and college scholarships.

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