Trish Yerges
The La Grande Observer

Three Girl Scouts from Troop 50277 under the leadership of Rebecca Ashley were honored with the Gold Award at a ceremony in Salem on June 23.

The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve, and it involves a service project that will leave a long and beneficial legacy in the community.

Sierra Ashley, 17, daughter of Allen and Rebecca Ashley of La Grande, was one of the recipients of the Gold Award for Girl Scouts and a $2,000 Oregon Clinic Emerald Circle Scholarship that will go toward her tuition at Eastern Oregon University where she is enrolled for the fall term.

“I plan to major in nursing and minor in Spanish,” she said.

Ashley has already studied Spanish in high school for three years and earned college credits for that. She was also an exchange student at Canary Islands for a month, where Spanish is spoken.

“For the Gold Award, I had to document 80 hours of community service that was put into the project, and our project had to have a lasting effect in the community,” Ashley said.

Her project involved hosting a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) day camp for fifth through ninth graders, and it was held in La Grande. She organized four activities, one for each of the STEM fields, which allowed the young girls in the community to have more experiences in the field.

She had to plan and organize it herself and recruit volunteers to help her, demonstrating her own leadership qualities.

See complete story in Monday's Observer