The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas presented Gold Award pins this spring to 150 girls from the region, including several in Preston Hollow. Girl Scouts’ most prestigious designation recognizes girls in grades nine through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through intensive, multi-year projects that have sustainable impact in the community and beyond.
Ruthie Keyes, the daughter of Kevin and Laura Keyes, attends Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Her project: creating a cookbook of tested recipes to exclude ingredients that can post common dietary issues for those who stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
Chloe Johnson, the daughter of Jill and Sean Johnson, attends The Hockaday School. Her project: fulfilling a request for fleece blankets at the Ronald McDonald House so that each family staying there receives a blanket to provide comfort to their child and setting up a website on how to make the blankets.
Caroline Podvin, the daughter of John F. and Stefani Podvin, graduated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Her project: making presentations about how to avoid, identify, and recover from concussions and raising money for safety helmets for Children’s Medical Center.
Caroline Zagielski, the daughter of Mark and Christine Zagielski, graduated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Her project: working on Mondays with second-graders at Preston Hollow Elementary, where she used healthy snacks as a way to explain how the food they consumed impacted the way they slept, looked, felt, and thought.
Sophie Gilmour, the daughter of Colleen Gilmour, graduated from The Hockaday School. Her project: working with the Nexus Recovery Center rehab facility to install a children’s garden and play space to encourage outdoor play, academic skills, and creativity.
Dominique Castanheira, the daughter of Roberto and Judy Castanheira, attends Townview Talented and Gifted Magnet Center. Her project: creating a reading area for the children and parents at The Family Place by building bookshelves, categorizing more than 1,000 books by age group, and arranging for the agency to receive Barnes & Noble’s book donations.
Emma Eades, the daughter of Tom and Suzanne Eades, graduated from Parish Episcopal School. Her project: designing and building a waterproof ball pit used for the SPCA of Texas animals in need of behavioral therapy and creating an instruction manual and video for the shelter’s adoption software, Shelter Buddy.