Area residents to be honored with National Girl Scout Award

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Area residents will be recognized at a ceremony in May for earning a National Girl Scout award. Libby Hall of Trenton and Cynthia McWilliams of Carrollton will receive the award, which recognizes an individual’s service in Girl Scout leadership.

Service Unit 820 Manager Abigail Looney says Hall and McWilliams have nurtured the Girl Scout program in their areas, making impacts on the youth members the organization serves.

Hall has worked with the United Way in Grundy County to increase funding, allowing youth members to experience more opportunities in STEM exploration and outdoor skills as well as increasing membership in youth members and volunteers.

McWilliams has pioneered saving the Carrollton Scout Cabin in Martin Park, giving Carrollton Girl and Cub Scouts a home to call their own.

Hall and McWilliams serve on the Girl Scout Service Unit Team.

Service Unit 820 has received the annual President’s Award. The unit operates in Grundy, Livingston, and Carroll counties. The award is given to service unit teams for excellence in overall service unit performance in membership, volunteer leadership, and quality programs.

The Service Unit 820 Boo Bash Committee received the President’s Award for a Volunteer Committee. The award recognizes excellence in overall performance by a volunteer committee in one or more of the areas of membership, community cultivation, quality programs, council support, volunteer stewardship, leadership, and governance, or fund development. Boo Bash was held at Martin Park in Carrollton on October 31st.

Service Unit 820 has received the scholarship for the First Lego League program in the Explore Division. The team consists of eight youth members from the Chillicothe and Carrollton areas. The FFL team is a robotics team sponsored by the KC STEM Alliance and Girls Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri. The Explore Division involves teams of students ages six to 10 focusing on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design, code, and create solutions made with Lego bricks and powered by Lego Education WeDo 2.0.

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Jennifer Thies

Jennifer’s interest in radio began at a young age. She started as a news reporter at KTTN in January 2017, but previously worked almost a year and a half as an on-air announcer and with news at the NPR affiliate KXCV/KRNW, which serves Northwest Missouri. Jennifer was born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media: Broadcast Production with an Emphasis in Audio Production from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

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