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  • Hear It From a Girl Scout: From Gold Award to Internship

    In collaboration with Alcoa Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA has provided six Girl Scouts since 2013 with the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship, which is available to Gold Award recipients who complete Gold Award projects related to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Kaitlyn Kanis of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana received the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship in 2013 and is now an intern at Alcoa Lafayette Operations. Check out her story and what she has to say about her experience in Girl Scouts.

    Tell us about your STEM-related Gold Award project and your experience in Girl Scouts.

    For my Gold Award, I chose to complete a project that incorporated an environmentally friendly solution to a major problem in my community. Growing up, I was very athletic, and our town had a very well-organized Little League system and a beautiful community park where we could play. However, the mosquito population was about enough to prevent members of the community from attending games or making use of the park, which is in a very wooded, wet area. I also grew up spending my summers living at a state park near my house because my parents volunteered for the Department of Natural Resources, and the time I spent here instilled in me a desire to conserve our resources and tr...

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  • Girl Scout To Give Gift To Etna Green In Honor of Volunteer Firefighter

    A bench honoring a longtime Etna Green firefighter was recently presented to the town council by Girl Scout Morgan Ousley, Troop 10068, near warsaw for her Gold Award project.

    The 17-year old Warsaw Community High School student decided to construct a plastic bench in tribute to her great-grandfather, Claude “Red” Davis, a long-time volunteer firefighter and community advocate, and her great-grandmother Betty Davis, who raised not only her own children but also her grandchildren, and was loving and giving to her neighbors and community as well.

    Morgan presented the idea for her Gold Award project to the Etna Green Town Council many months ago.  The council approved and Ousley began collecting plastic bottle caps and lids.  She collected approximately 400 pounds of plastic by putting cardboard donation boxes out for community donations.  The caps were ground into fine particles, melted down and then poured in a mold to create the bench.

    She hopes her project helps prove to the community that a change in habits can have a broader impact.  Repurposing plastic from bottle caps not only reduces solid waste reaching the area’s landfill, it produced a comfortable bench that is also weather resistant and maintenance free.