Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

PARSIPPANY GOLD AWARD YOUTHS AWARDED COUNTY CERTIFICATES

The Morris County Board of Freeholders have honored two new “Gold Award’’ Girl Scouts from Parsippany for two very unique and demanding scout projects, lauding the young ladies for their hard work and positive efforts.

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(l/r) Freeholders Doug Cabana, Deborah Smith, Hank Lyon, Kathy DeFillippo, Gold Award Scouts Alex Levoyer and Christina Padula, and Freeholders John Cesaro and Tom Mastrangelo

The freeholders presented certificates of achievement to Alexandra Levoyer and Christina Padula, both of Troop 80207 in Parsippany.

The scouts, both recent high school graduates, were joined by family members and Troop Leader Mary Levoyer at the ceremony, held at the Board of Freeholders July 13 meeting in Morristown, to celebrate the positive achievements of these young county residents.

The freeholders praised Levoyer and Padula for completing the service projects that earned them the Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn in her scouting career.

“These are really remarkable projects that have been completed by these two young ladies, who are obviously future leaders of our county and state,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

“The projects they completed to become Gold Award Scouts are quite impressive and we are honored to present certificates to them for their efforts.’’

Alex Levoyer’s sundial at Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Alex Levoyer’s sundial at Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Alex Levoyer, a graduate of the Morris County School of Technology, built a human sundial at the Morris County Park Commission’s Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, bringing in some 900 pounds of concrete — with the help of her parents – to create the sundial.

She developed an educational pamphlet regarding her creation, which is registered on the North American Sundial Society website, and the sundial is used as a learning tool in the arboretum’s education program. Visit http://sundials.org/ to learn more about sundials.

Christine Padula raised awareness of congenital heart defects among teens by speaking at hospital health fairs and creating a unique informational handout on such heart defects. Her goal is to make more teens aware of the risks of certain activities, such as drinking or getting tattoos, for youths were congenital heart issues.

Christine, a recent graduate of Parsippany High Schools, said she was born with congenital heart disease, and was determined to help raise awareness about the issue. Visit https://www.littlehearts.org/ for more information.