Congratulations to Troop 1705 and leader Lori Friend

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It is always hard to say goodbye. But when you have mentored young girls for the past 11 years and have watched them become outstanding young women, it is truly a bitter-sweet moment!

Eleven years ago, Lori Friend became a Girl Scout troop leader for Troop 1705 in the Panther Pride Community of the Girl Scouts of Texas-Oklahoma Plains. Since, she and her scouts have accomplished many exciting things. Now this group of 13 amazing young women is graduating from high school and moving on.

Over the past 11 years, Girl Scouts Claire Heath, Megan Howe, Gabby Cain, Heather McCollough, Holyn Handley, Alex Johnson, Rachel Thatcher, Tori Bradley, Danielle Agler, Sarah Kleinwechter, Nikki Restivo, Amber Friend and Anna Drummond have helped their community through various food drives. They also helped paint a mural at Grapevine Elementary School and participated in an after-school program in Euless. Additionally, they had adventures kayaking, zip lining and camping, and raised enough money to go on more than seven trips together, including one to the Girl Scout World Center in London.

None of this was at the expense of their school work. The majority of these young women are graduating in the top percentages of their class. Johnson and Thatcher are graduating as merit scholars.

Five of the troop members completed their Gold Award requirements — the highest award for any Girl Scout presented to girls ages 14-18 — during their busy senior year. These projects take a minimum of 80 hours and must help the community while involving planning and leadership on the girl’s part.

Agler spearheaded the building of a sign and beds for a local community garden and Kleinwechter organized the creation of a brick pathway in the memorial garden at her church. Drummond led the charge in getting prom dresses donated to a local dress salon for girls who could not afford to purchase them and Friend created a website to link volunteers with organizations that need help, and led more than 30 of her peers to tutor at a local mission library. Utilizing her language skills, Restivo created fire safety videos for the community in English and Spanish.

“I am in awe of what these girls have accomplished,” Friend, the troop leader said.

John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Congratulations to Troop 1705 and to you Mrs. Friend on being an exceptional leader!

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