Merrimack Girl Scouts honored at Gold Award ceremony

MERRIMACK – The good works of two local Girl Scouts were celebrated during a ceremony held in their honor recently.

The Nov. 8 ceremony at St. James United Methodist Church honored Megan Murphy and Sarah House, each of whom earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. Around 60 guests, including council representatives, troop leaders, and town and state officials, attended the ceremony.

Murphy and House, both students at Merrimack High School, have been involved in Girl Scouts since joining a local Daisy troop nearly 12 years ago.

House, who is co-captain of Merrimack High School’s cross-country team, completed her Gold Award project – a large community garden on the grounds of St. James Church – last year. In the months leading up to her project, House collected donations; led volunteers to assist with planting, weeding and harvesting; and worked closely with local food pantries. To date, the garden has yielded more than 600 pounds of vegetables for needy families around the region.

Murphy, who is senior class president at Merrimack High School, completed her Gold Award project – which involved the renovation and beautification of the arts and crafts building in Wasserman Park – earlier this year.

During the ceremony, the girls’ mothers and troop leaders, Pat Murphy and Robin House, led guests on a walk through memory lane via a slide show detailing the girls’ fondest Girl Scouting moments, starting from their earliest days in Daisy Troop 916.

In 2010, Murphy and House earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards, along with the rest of their troop, for creating care packages and placing them in backpacks to serve as "survival kits" for foster children around the state. Two years later, the girls earned their Girl Scout Silver Awards for their respective projects benefiting Marguerite’s Place, a Nashua shelter for homeless mothers and their children.

"These two girls are extraordinary, and that goes far beyond the Girl Scouts," said Pat Murphy, noting that House and the younger Murphy are members of the National Honor Society and are among the top 25 academic achievers in their class.

"The Gold Award is an extension of all these girls have learned over the years," said Martha Manley, council secretary for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. "These projects not only work to solve local and national issues, they improve the lives of others."