Grads to be honored by Girl Scout council

Grads to be honored by Girl Scout council Amy Berg and Kelsey Collier-Wise, Vermillion High School Class of 2000 graduates, will be honored Saturday, Nov. 18 by the Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council at a recognition ceremony for Gold Award recipients.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. It is available to senior Girl Scouts who meet the prerequisites of leadership, skill development and career exploration.

To earn the award, recipients must also plan and implement a significant project involving 40 hours of service. Collier-Wise and Berg's Girl Scout Gold Award project was to clean and renovate the Girl Scout Hut located in Prentis Park in Vermillion.

In addition to the physical labor and planning contributed by the two Scouts, they were aided by financial support from the City of Vermillion Parks and Recreation Department and Aid Association for Lutherans, and labor donated by Dave Berg and Dewey Bates.

New windows and shutters and a new door were added to the hut, which is used to house Girl Scout equipment and supplies. The young women chose the project because they wanted to "do something for the other Scouts in town" and they wanted to "improve the appearance of the community."

Berg is currently a freshman attending Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Collier-Wise is a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

The Gold Award ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, located at 10 Linden Avenue, Vermillion. A reception will follow the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

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