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McDonald High School Students Earn Prestigious Service Award


Pictured left to right: Front row: Abigail Sampson, Rachel Mathews, Rachel Ward, Abriella Gillespie and Megan Ward Back row: Lori Gillespie, Gary Carkido, Ohio Representative Glenn Holmes, Pastor Darlene Smiley-Masetta, Thomas Domitrovich and Candice Ward

McDonald, OH- Five McDonald High School (MHS) students who are members of Girl Scout Troop 80344 received The Gold Level President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for outstanding community service. A recognition ceremony was held at McDonald High School on March 20, 2017, and included special guests Ohio State Representative Glenn Holmes, McDonald Village Administrator Thomas Domitrovich, Woodland Park United Methodist Church Pastor Darlene Smiley-Masetta and MHS Principal Gary Carkido.  

Troop Leaders Candice Ward and Lori Gillespie presented the PVSA awards, which consisted of the Gold Level Service Pin, a letter signed by Former President Barak Obama, and an Official Service Recognition Certificate. The students were also recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Senate and the US House of Representatives as they were presented certificates from Representative Holmes, Gary Carkido, on behalf of Ohio Senator O’Brien, and Thomas Domitrovitch, on behalf of US Representative Tim Ryan.

In 2016, student and adult members of Girl Scout Troop 80344 served 2,284 hours. MHS students earning the award include: Junior Rachel Ward, Sophomore Rachel Mathews, and Freshmen Abriella Gillespie, Abigail Sampson and Megan Ward. Two scouts, Rachel Ward and Megan Ward, individually contributed in excess of 250 hours each toward the troop's total.  

These students routinely go above and beyond just completing projects to help others; service is a way of life.  These young ladies have been working community projects for years, and all but one are eight-time recipients of this prestigious award. The first two years the troop earned bronze then silver levels, and since then have consecutively been at the gold level. Projects completed to earn the award ranged from local to global.  Scouts partnered with organizations such as AdoptaPlatoon, Akron Children's Hospital Beeghly Campus, Animal Welfare League, Central Baptist Church, Disabled American Veterans, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Goodwill Industries, McDonald High School, McDonald Village’s Woodland Park Retirement Apartments, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Ohio Blast, Pineview Memorial Park, Samaritan’s Purse, Second Harvest Foodbank of the Mahoning Valley, Thunder Elite Fastpitch, Urban Connections, and Woodland Park United Methodist Church.

We are very appreciative of all the support we receive from our families, service organizations, Woodland Park United Methodist Church, school administrators, government leaders and Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. With all of us partnering together we can continue working to put our principles into action.