Two McGuffey High School graduates have been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Emily Durila of Claysville and Hannah Lasko of Taylorstown displayed the projects that earned them the highest Girl Scout achievement at this year’s Court of Awards in Cranberry on June 22. Emily is the daughter of Paul and Robin Durila, and is a nursing student at CCAC at Cal U. Her Gold Award project was called “Pillowcases for Smiles.” She distributed 311 pillowcases for patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in hopes to brighten their day and put a smile on the face of a child. She along with family and friends made the pillowcases. Groups that participated along with family and friends include the Dutch Fort Christian Church, Stitchen Sisters, the West Alexander Christian Church, Washington High School Life Skills class and Fort Henry Pacemakers Quilting Guild. To help make the project a success, she spoke publicly about the project and organized a sewing clinic for those who didn’t know how to sew.Hannah is the daughter of Theresa and Robert Lasko Jr. She is enrolled at Duquesne University to study chemistry while on a pre-medical track. She chose to make a difference at the McGuffey soccer fields. The insects were getting out of hand down there because there was a lack of natural predators. Hannah decided to build bat boxes with the intention to provide a proper shelter to house local bats. The bats can begin to make an appearance back in the ecosystem while making the fields a more enjoyable place, for bats are capable of consuming numerous insects at night. The addition of these natural predators should make the soccer fields a more enjoyable place for everyone. Emily and Hannah were members of Girl Scout Troop 51255 of Claysville, led by Girl Scout leader Susan Logsdon.