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Troop 349 girls Emma Pietsch, Neva Baer, Emelia Morgan, Lydia Morgan, Madisyn Thelen, Bailey Cole and Lucy Pietsch took part at the Governor’s Ball. PHOTO: Julie Lynn
 
Sunday, January 20, 2019
 

STORY BY KAREN BOSSICK

PHOTO BY JULIE LYNN

When Idaho’s newly elected Gov. Brad Little twirled First Lady Teresa around the floor of the Idaho Capitol Building this past week, several Wood River Valley Girl Scouts were there to see it happen.

Seven Girl Scouts from Troop 349 helped serve refreshments at Idaho’s 48th Inaugural Ball as part of their community service.

It’s all part of the Girl Scouts’ mandate to give back. But the opportunity to dress up and be part of the inaugural festivities was fun, as well.

“The girls were honored and very excited to be among the 44 girls who were invited to represent Girl Scouts for the State of Idaho at the inaugural event. And they were thrilled to have the chance to snap a quick photo in front of the Capitol,” said Troop Leader Judy Morgan.

The girls involved were Emma Pietsch, Neva Baer, Emelia Morgan, Lydia Morgan, Madisyn Thelen, Bailey Cole and Lucy Pietsch. All go to Wood River High School, with the exception of Lucy Pietsch, who attends Wood River Middle School.

Each of the girls came away with a different impression.

Lydia Morgan was most impressed by the historical significance of the architecture and art within the Renaissance Revival Capitol Building, which was built in 1905 out of sandstone quarried from nearby Table Rock.

Neva Baer was impressed by the beauty of the festivities and the celebration. And Madisyn Thelen liked watching everyone come together as a community and support the inauguration.

In a time when much is made of political divisiveness, the girls were also impressed by the way people of different political persuasions came together over this moment in Idaho history.

“I was impressed by the personal connections our state officials made during the traditional inaugural procession as the procession wound through the staircases and celebrated the change of old to new government,” said Emelia Morgan.

“I was impressed by the range of different political opinions and how easily they all came together to celebrate,” added Bailey Cole.

Most of the girls have been Girl Scouts since first grade and have dedicated themselves to making the world a better place—a motto that is part of scouting’s promise and law, said Julie Lynn, a Service unit 21 volunteer.

All hope to complete the Gold Award—Girl Scouting’s highest award. That includes at least 80 hours of planning and execution of a project that helps others.

As part of their Gold Award training, for instance, the Scouts worked through the fall to create a STEM action holiday party that would build and test simple machines. They then took their project, designed to examine the relationships of wheels, axels and springs, to a fifth-grade class at Hailey Elementary.

With the help of the Scouts, the students built cars with Goldieblox STEM parts from the Idaho STEM action center. They then competed with one another to see whose car would achieve the greatest distance.

 

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