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Carroll High School student leaves a legacy as she earns her Girl Scout gold award

With a two-hour class, friends and a lot of determination, high school student Amanda Presmyk is building her legacy at Carroll High School.

The paved patio area outside of the band hall is a Girl Scout project that will earn the alto saxophone player the Girl Scout's gold award this year. The award is the highest a Girl Scout can earn and will give tired Dragons a place to sit.

In the past, band students waiting for their parents after practice would pass the time at the front of the school wherever they happened to plop. Especially after band camp in August.

"We would sit and melt," Kelly Cooper, upcoming junior senator at Carroll said. "We would either sit on the sticky, icky grass or on the scorching, hot concrete."

Once the concrete benches are in place, band students will be able to sit on benches in the shade of a young holly tree after practice.

"We think it’s a wonderful idea," Ken Johnson, assistant band director and percussion instructor said. "It's great to see students -- not just band students -- but other students giving back to Southlake."

Presmyk, 16, organized volunteers from the band, friends and family to join her in the project as it started Thursday in the muggy heat and continued through the weekend. Chris Presmyk, her father and a mechanical engineer, helped design the patio area and worked a hand-made leveler to smooth sand underneath the hefty pavers.

The project was originally scheduled for spring break, when the weather was cooler, but school construction on the band hall expansion pushed it back.

Presmyk met with Principal Rick Westfall for the past few months to go over plans. On Monday, Westfall looked at Presmyk's nearly completed project and said it looked great.

"This project adds to the beautification of the front of the building," Westfall said. "Amanda does a great job and is always looking for things to give back to the community."

Presmyk, who was the student council president her sophomore year, has 130.5 community service points displayed on a bulletin board outside of the principal's office. The total is well over the 100 points necessary to graduate from Carroll in the success scholar program.

As she enters her junior year at the campus this fall, Presmyk will serve her student body as an executive officer and continue in the high school marching band as a squad leader taking full advantage of her benches.

"I picked this school for a reason," Presmyk said. "This seating area will be at this school as long as it exists. When I come back for my 15-year reunion, I will still be able to see it."

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