McDonald earns Girl Scouts' top award for pen pal project


Ray Scaffa, (left) who was named Rotarian of the Year by the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club, is presented his award by Harry Thompson, the club’s president. Scaffa spearheaded the Mary Walker House development and coordinates RYLA Youth Leadership programs and other Rotary programs.


From staff reports

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Olivia McDonald has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. McDonald is a rising junior at J.P. Knapp Early College and the daughter of Katherine and John McDonald.

McDonald created a “Women’s Empowerment Club” for her Gold Award project after noticing a need for an all-girl “safe space” in her community. The club is made up of girls at McDonald’s school who became pen pals with girls at a local elementary school. The club allows the older girls to communicate with the younger one on such topics as bullying prevention. It also allows them to serve as role models for the younger girls.

McDonald also organized a women’s empowerment event that included meditation, self-defense and other activities.

“The most successful aspect of my project was creating a safe place for students,” she said. “I noticed that during our meetings, students felt much more comfortable talking about their struggles with certain issues.”

McDonald’s project will be sustained at the school with organized positions available for club members. Nationwide, fewer than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.

Powell, DeCant winners at 4-H Poultry Show

CURRITUCK — Kiersten Powell was the Champion of the Show and top Junior Showmanship winner at the Currituck County 4-H’s annual 4-H Poultry Show on Nov. 1. Brook DeCant was the top Senior Showmanship winner.

Show participants brought their chickens, raised since the pickup meeting in May. Besides showing their birds, participants answered questions about their chicken’s body parts, what type of feed the chickens ate, and what they had learned about their chickens since the start of the project.

Other participants included J.W. Forbes, Brayden White, Paige Powell, Sarabeth Forbes, Avery Watson, Morgan Temple, Natalie Barco, Caleb Minton, Bella Vaughan, and Oliver Barco.

Taylor Mueller honors Travis James, Jessica James

Taylor Mueller Realty has named Travis James, who amassed more than $700,000 in sales, its sales agent for October. The agency named Jessica James, who listed more than $700,000 in real estate, its listing agent for the month.

Fleury to manage U.S. Cellular’s EC store

U.S. Cellular has named Ryan Fleury store manager at its Elizabeth City location at 3850 Conlon Way. Fleury, who has three years of sales experience, most recently served as a sales manager at the company’s Rocky Mount store.

Alston graduates Troy University

TROY, Ala. — Richard Alston of Elizabeth City graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Troy University’s online program during the 2019-20 academic year.

Locals earn degrees from Western Governors Univ.

SALT LAKE CITY — The following local residents have earned their degree from Western Governors University:

— Nicholas Byrum of Camden, master of science degree in information technology management

— Lacey Carawan of Elizabeth City, master of science in nursing, leadership and management

— April Johnson of Elizabeth City, master’s in business administration, healthcare management

— Emily Self of Moyock, bachelor of science, nursing

— Matthew Merrill of South Mills, bachelor of science in information technology, software emphasis.

More than 10,000 students from across the country graduated from the online nonprofit university during its 73rd commencement ceremonies during the spring and summer.

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