Girl Scout's Top Honor Awarded To Payson Troop

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Junior Girl Scout Troop #655 earned the Bronze award, the highest honor a troop at this level can receive, for a play the girls produced recently called "The Rainbow People."

To earn the award, the troop had to complete a 15-hour project demonstrating leadership skills, commitment to community and to one's self.

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Members of the Junior Girl Scout Troop #655 after one of their performances of a diversity play called "The Rainbow People." Troop members pictured are (left to right) Mackenzie Wearne, Jamie Hill, Micaela Croy, Morgan DiFelice, Destiny Wagenknecht, Alisha Bayless, Rachel DiFelice, Amanda Ammann, Anna Roberts (crouching), Jenna Hill, Annette Utz and troop leader Angela Lyons.

The troop chose a play called "The Rainbow People," which teaches the acceptance and tolerance of racial diversity.

Troop leader Angela Lyons said the girls, 8 to 11 years old, were driven to work on the play and achieve the award -- their commitment to their work made her proud.

"They had to have a lot of patience to keep practicing the skit over and over again," she said. "I could tell that they were getting a little frustrated and bored (at times), but they stuck with it and kept practicing."

Lyons said she hopes the girls have learned the importance of setting goals and achieving them, and that they will pass along the play's message to younger children.

Troop member Alicia Bayless said she had a good time working on the project.

"It made me feel excited, like I accomplished something," Bayless said of earning the Bronze award.

"I liked putting on the play and seeing the looks on the (audiences') faces and making them laugh," she said. "It was pretty fun."

For more information about the Girl Scouts or how to get involved, call Monika Oakley at (928) 474-4450.

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