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Girl Scout Kelsey Goslin Goes for the Gold

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Kelsey Goslin, who is 17 years old and going into her senior year at North Salem High School, has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten.

She worked her way up through the ranks, from Brownie to full-fledged Girl Scout, then on to special achievements. This weekend she will take the final step in earning her Gold Award.

The Gold Award is the highest achievement in the Girl Scout program and is reserved for those who have used their skills to identify a community need, research it, enlist outside support, create a plan, present it to the Girl Scout Council, take action and educate and inspire others.

Gold Award recipients automatically rise one rank in the U. S. Military. They are also eligible for certain college scholarships.

Goslin’s project is based on awareness of food allergies. “Parents and schools are becoming more and more aware of childhood allergies,” she explained. “But some kids think it’s a joke. Sometimes they even bully other kids into eating things they’re allergic to. It’s an important issue and I want to help people understand it.”

Goslin will publicly present her project, “Food Allergy and Bullying Awareness,” at the North Salem Lions Community Center in Purdys on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pam Pinchbeck, whose son suffers from a nut allergy, will be the guest speaker. Pinchbeck has acted as mentor and advisor to Goslin in her investigation.

Adults in the audience will be presented with pertinent literature and children will receive word games about allergies. Allergy-free refreshments will be on hand: vegetable and cheese platters, nut-free snacks, popcorn and cookies. Donations came from Ledley’s of Brewster and Divvie’s Bakery of South Salem. 

Goslin will make her final presentation to the Girl Scout Council in November.

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