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Valery Gillis, of Glenburn, earns 2017 Gold Award


Getting outdoors and enjoying our surroundings is essential to living in Maine in the winter, and Valery is very passionate about Alpine Racing.

The alpine racing starting ramp at Hermon Mountain was in disrepair and unsafe for the skiers. Valery decided to undertake the enormous task of replacing the ramp with a new starting house, providing racers with a starting ramp that rivals any other in the state, and race volunteers a safe, warm place to gather and store their gear.

The Penobscot Valley Ski Club has pledged to maintain the building so that everyone will have a safer, competitive, and more enjoyable environment for many years to come.

By creating the Alpine Starting Haus, Valery has opened more opportunities for advancement in the local racing programs and Hermon Mountain. You never know – the next Olympic athlete could start their journey on a local ski hill!

Valery says she has learned a lot about herself with this project. Even though she is a self-proclaimed introvert, she knows that she still has the ability to get things done. All she has to do is take a deep breath and take a little risk!

Well done Valery!

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls in grades nine through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable take-action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.  It requires a minimum of 80 hours of work in planning and implementing the project. Only five percent of eligible girls take the path toward earning the Gold Award, but those who complete the journey change their lives and the lives of others in amazing ways. Learn more about all the highest awards in Girl Scouting.