Hinsdale Central grads earn Girl Scouts’ highest award

Three members of Girl Scout Troop 51159, all 2014 graduates of Hinsdale Central, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this month during a special ceremony in Rosemont.

Gloria Tabaczyk, Demi Kallis and Christine Carmazzi completed a complex series of requirements, including the implementation of a significant community service project.

Tabaczyk wanted to provide less fortunate girls living in Cape Town, South Africa with a new dress to call their own. She partnered with the Little Dresses for Africa organization in Brownstown, Michigan and organized countless pillowcase collection drives, hosted dress making seminars and raised funds for her project. She and a crew of volunteers made more than 135 pillowcase dresses for the organization which will be distributed to orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to “plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy.”

Kallis noticed certain Greek traditions were not being passed down from mother to daughter, so she organized a workshop to help keep her ancestor’s traditions alive. At her event, each girl, under the supervision of “yiayias,” or grandmothers, learned how to bake two Greek delicacies. Her project brought three generations of women together in ways that had not existed previously in her community.

Carmazzi created a healthy living cookbook for the HCS Family Services Food Pantry in the hopes that the members of her community will be inspired to eat well and live a healthier lifestyle. The recipes in her cookbook focus on fresh fruits and vegetables and are simple, affordable and utilize ingredients that can be found in the food pantry. The cookbooks are now being distributed to their clients.

They were among 80 Girl Scouts to receive the honor at the event, the highest award that a Girl Scout ages 14-18 may earn. Only 5.4 percent of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the award. The Gold Award recognizes the work of Girl Scouts who demonstrate leadership culminating in 80 hours or more, dedicated towards their service project. Girls complete a minimum of 40 hours in a leadership role before embarking on the final project.

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