By David Yarger
Last Tuesday, the North Tonawanda Common Council met for their first meeting of August. At the meeting, the council honored two Girl Scouts - Noel Nickerson and Gabrielle Schrock - for earning the Gold Award.
The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts and according to their website, only 5.4 percent of eligible girls are selected for the honor.
On their way to winning, Nickerson and Schrock volunteered countless hours with citizens in the community. Nickerson assisted over 50 senior citizens with technology assistance, while Schrock aided students at North Tonawanda Middle School in the STEAM field.
According to the Girl Scouts website, in order to achieve the Gold Award, one must "Complete two senior or ambassador journeys or complete one senior or ambassador journey and have earned a Girl Scout Silver Award. After completing either of these requirements, a minimum of 80 hours is suggested to complete the steps to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award."
The duo was given proclamations from the City of North Tonawanda Common Council, NY Sen. Rob Ortt, and Niagara County Legislators Rich Andres and Randy Bradt.
In Ortt's proclamation, he said, "Whereas, we the senate of the state of New York recognize the hours and selfless dedication (Noel and Gabrielle) gave to earning her Gold Award."
Bradt and Andres' proclamation to Schrock and Nickerson said, "The Niagara County Legislature would like to honor and recognize (Schrock and Nickerson) on receiving the Girl Scouts Gold Award. Gabrielle has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and dedication to Girl Scouting in her local community."
Mayor Arthur Pappas, in regards to the proclamation, said, "These girls have definitely done an outstanding job and we want them to be really recognized. ... I've asked my fellow council people to come up and be a part of this, because whenever we have anything like this, I know from hearing from them and talking to them, they say the same thing I do about you girls."