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Elizabeth Madison Julch (Left) and Mallory Ferrell (Right) are looking to become the first Bridge Creek High School students to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.(Staff photos by Jeff Harrison)
By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

A pair of Bridge Creek High School seniors are on their way to receiving the Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award.

Elizabeth Madison Julch and Mallory Ferrell plan to receive the award in March 2014. They will become the first members of Troop 342 to  accomplish the feat.

Julch has completed and earned the Gold Award for her “Books For Kids” project in May 2013. Ferrell has received approval for her Gold Award project “Just ONE.” She is currently working on the project.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the high award in Girl Scouting. To earn the Gold Award, a girl must complete several requirements, all which promote community service, personal and spiritual growth, positive values and leadership skills. The Gold Award project is the culmination of this extensive work and must be of outstanding quality.

Julch has been a member of Girls Scouts for 13 years, from Daisy to Ambassador. She is currently in Troop 342.
For her Gold Award project, Julch organized “Books For Kids,” a project that including collecting books, of any type, for USAO’s organization “Books For Tots.” The books were given to children, libraries and schools throughout Oklahoma.

Book collection boxes were set up in different locations in the Bridge Creek, Tuttle and Norman areas. After the books had been sorted and counted they were all taken to Dr. Jeanne Mather of USAO’s “Books For Tots.” A total of 1,157 books were collected and donated.

Julch completed the project in May.

“I would like to thank everyone who donated books for the project,” she said.

Ferrell has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. She is currently in Troop 342.

She received approval for her Gold Award project “Just ONE,” which raises awareness about signing up for the Bone Marrow Registry.

“It’s so very simple to register. A swab on the inside of your check and that’s it,” Ferrell said.

If you are a match, it is as simple as giving blood to donate bone marrow-stem cells. In the past, they had to harvest bone marrow by drilling into the hip bone and extracting the bone marrow-stem cells. This process is still used, but not as commonly through blood donations.

After the blood is donated, the stem cells are removed and the blood is returned to the body.
Once Ferrell has completed the project, it will need to be approved during a Gold Award Committee meeting.
Both girls are under the direction of Troop 342 leaders Elizabeth Julch and Christina McCune.

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