ELLSWORTH — Girl Scouts of Maine recently presented Elaine Hutchins, Montana Wallace DeJulio and Gillian McFadden from Ellsworth’s Girl Scout Troop No. 174 with the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting for girls in grades 6-8. They received their award at Girl Scouts of Maine’s annual G.I.R.L. Celebration Awards Assembly at the Waterville Opera House on Saturday, May 12.
This award recognizes girls who demonstrate — individually or as a group — extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs.
The girls discovered local third- and fourth-grade elementary students wanted more art time at their school. They developed a Take Action plan to address the issue. Gillian, Elaine and Montana took action and created a safe, free space for third- and fourth-grade students to be creative and see themselves shine. They created a free after-school “Art Club.” They had an overwhelming response. The girls held the art club for third- and fourth-graders after school every Monday from February 2017 to June 2017 for 90 minutes each class. Each girl took a leadership role for the art club. The girls organized the lesson plans, led the art classes, became role models to 38 different students, strategized for large groups and worked collaboratively with their peers. The girls were able to give students more time in the art room and get students excited about art.
Elaine Hutchins is the daughter of Fred and Lisa Backman from Winter Harbor. She is a freshman at Ellsworth High School. Elaine has been a Girl Scout member for 10 years.
Montana Wallace DeJulio is the daughter of Debbie and Tony Wallace DeJulio from Ellsworth. She is a freshman at Ellsworth High School. Montana has been a Girl Scout member for nine years.
Gillian McFadden is the daughter of Paul and Jody Warren from Orrington, and Michael and Leann McFadden from Lubec. She is a freshman at John Bapst High School. Gillian has been a Girl Scout member for six years.
The girls were supported in their Silver Award efforts by their project advisor, Jody Warren, troop leader Lisa Backman, Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. K-4 art teacher Brandy Walsh and former EEMS K-4 principal Amy Peterson-Roper.