“Youth News” column for July 12, 2013

Girl Scouts Louisiana East will welcome Anna Maria Chávez, national chief executive officer, to New Orleans for a luncheon July 24 at the council’s headquarters in Jefferson.

Chávez, who has been at the helm of Girl Scouts of the USA since late 2011, will be in New Orleans as an honoree at the National Council of La Raza’s annual convention, accepting its Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award for her contribution in promoting the interests of Hispanic Americans.

Chávez will speak about the opportunities and challenges currently facing girls at the Girl Scout luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special guests include the 2012-2013 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting for girls ages 14 to 17, as well the council’s Women of Distinction, an honor based on their achievements as business, community and civic leaders dedicated to supporting leadership opportunities for girls.

The luncheon is free to attend, but space is limited. Register for the luncheon online at gsle.org.

Scouts earn Bronze, Silver

Several Baton Rouge Girl Scouts have earned the highest award for their Girl Scout level — Bronze for grades four and five, Silver for grades six through eight.

Girl Scout Bronze Award winners:

Members of Baton Rouge Troop 10306 — Shelby Aydell, Tysyn Brazier-Carter, Olivia Clark, Emily DeSoto, Ryan Harrison, Caroline Johnson, Jaylin Mason, Jasmine Shiloh and Jamonda Warner — shared their love of reading by tutoring young children in an extended care program.

Chelsea-Rose Bagnerise-Carmen, Madeline Chenevert, Megan Gremillion and Megan Rollins in Baton Rouge Troop 10100 conducted a beautification project at Landmark Nursing Home after realizing there was no place for residents to sit outside. They purchased a bench, flowers, and other decorative items for the garden area for residents to enjoy.

Interested in the problem of homelessness, Baton Rouge Troop 10155 members — Grace Cullens, Larkin Dorris, Bea Flournoy, Isabella Goel, Mary Grace Huynh, Celia Kiesel, Mackenzie Robards, Ashton Wood, Savannah York and Emily Zartman — developed a “Shelter Helpers” project, providing a meal for a Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build team and writing a book “How to Be a Girl Scout” for a child moving into the house built by the team.

Girl Scout Silver Award winners:

Members of Baton Rouge Girl Scout Cadette Troop 10599 — Emily Bailey, Sarah Bowden, Jolle Gautreau, Sidney Jackson, Desireé Jones, and Victoria LaCour — were interested in improving Girl Scout Camp Marydale in St. Francisville, so they undertook a beautification project which included painting the inside of two cabins, painting and decorating a picnic table, painting a basketball key, a four-square, and hopscotch on blank slabs, and purchasing storage bins for both slab areas, stocking them with balls, pumps, a broom and sidewalk chalk.

Scholarship winners

These area students have won scholarships:

Malerie Dempster, a 2013 graduate of Hahnville High School and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, has received the Milly and George Denegre Outstanding Graduate Award in Dance scholarship.

She plans to major in dance and business at Fordham University and The Ailey School of Dance in New York. She is the daughter of Beryl and Todd Dempster, of Luling.

Cheyanne Toups, a 2013 graduate of Walker High School who has enrolled at LSU to major in civil engineering, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Walker Kiwanis Club.

Kohl’s honors dozen

Kohl’s Department Stores Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism, including 12 youths from Louisiana.

Madeline Bethea, 11, of Minden; Ethan Carroll, 12, of Gretna; Princeton Carter, 14, of LaPlace; Alyssa Dismuke, 9, of Bastrop; Abigail Fruge, 12, of Sulphur; Aamina Green, 18, of New Iberia; Katie Henning, 17, of Lake Charles; Cassidy Horton, 17, of Haughton; Delana Johnson, 9, of St. Martinville; Jade Mitchell, 9, of Denham Springs; Destine Scott, 17, of Baton Rouge; and Chance Smith, 17, of Monroe, will each receive a $50 gift card and recognition certificate.

Learn about healthy living

The Southern University Ag Center will hold a free healthy living workshop for youth ages 14-17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at its satellite campus, the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives, 1209 Diesi St. in Opelousas.

Registration forms are due by 5 p.m. Friday. Call (337) 943-2410 for details.

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