Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Education notebook: Two area Girl Scouts' idea may earn $25,000
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Meredith Simmons, a rising senior at Roanoke County's Hidden Valley High School, needs your votes.
She is one of two Girl Scouts from the Roanoke and Lynchburg regions who applied for a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant to build four platform tents at Icimani Adventure Center on Yellow Mountain Road.
The soft drink company is giving away millions of dollars to fund ideas that will positively affect communities.
Simmons and Samantha Litchford of Rustburg High School applied for the grant on behalf of the Girl Scouts Virginia Skyline Council. The proposed "Get Back to Nature" project promotes outdoor activities for girls as well as teaching responsible use of resources and teaching others to protect the planet.
"I like being a Girl Scout because it is always challenging," said Simmons, who has been a scout since kindergarten. "I have tried a lot of things I normally wouldn't have experienced in my life. My favorite activity is definitely camping."
The girls want to establish a permanent outdoor camping area at the center along Back Creek so campers can observe tadpole habitats and fall asleep to the sounds of the rippling waters. Currently, camping is limited to a gymnasium on the 63-acre property. The council already has raised $36,000 to install electricity at the proposed campsite.
On Monday, the girls' idea was ranked 72nd out of more than 1,150 proposals. The top 10 ideas are funded each month, and the rest carry over to the next month.
"It's not a one-time vote thing," Simmons said. "You can vote again each new day."
All it takes is an e-mail address or a Facebook account to vote online at refresheverything.com/backtonature.
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The following Roanoke Technical Education Center students were recognized as outstanding students in their program area at a banquet last month: Sebastian Adkins (culinary arts), Travis Boley (robotics and information technology), Kayla Flood (marketing), Raven Gilmore (cosmetology), Eric Johnson (TV/video production), Randall Patterson (auto body/collision repair), Timothy Potter (welding), Misty Vasquez (health and medical sciences) and Stacy Wolfe (business).
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Locher Grove, a student at Roanoke's Patrick Henry High School, is one of 31 students selected for this year's high school program at the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. The University of Virginia program brings together diverse youths who are passionate about politics and public service.